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The 14 Best Janet Jackson Outfits on Stage

June 23, 2015 by Alyssa

Janet Jackson Tour

With the recent announcement of a new tour--and new music--from Janet Jackson, fans around the world are going crazy with excitement to see the “Princess of Pop” live in 2015. The upcoming tour will mark Jackson’s first concert venture in four years--a welcome return to the stage for this excellent live performer.

Since we have to wait until August for the tour to kick off, we decided to fill the time by looking back at the history of amazing Janet Jackson outfits from her previous tours, starting with her debut trek in 1990.

1990 - Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour

Jackson’s first major venture, the Rhythm Nation World Tour, was a huge milestone for the singer, then just 24 years old. One of the tour’s most memorable performances, of the eponymous song “Rhythm Nation,” featured the iconic Janet Jackson outfit made famous in the song’s acclaimed music video:

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation outfit


During this first major tour, Jackson also looked amazing on stage in this fitted black coat.

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation World Tour Coat


1993-95 - Janet World Tour

The tour in support of the 1993 album “janet.” featured a host of memorable Janet Jackson outfits. Renowned celebrity stylist Tanya Gill designed more than 100 costumes for Jackson and her back-up dancers for the two-year venture. The range of wardrobe was impressive, covering everything from typical ‘90s fashion, like crop tops and flannel shirts…

Janet Jackson World Tour Flannel


…to heeled moccasin boots…

Janet Jackson World Tour Moccasin Boots


…to white, feathered top hats.

Janet Jackson World Tour Top Hat


1998-99 - The Velvet Rope Tour

All Janet Jackson outfits from The Velvet Rope Tour were designed by David Cardona. Many of the nine costume changes drew from an androgynous style, with plenty of tailored suits on hand throughout the evening.

Janet Jackson Velvet Rope Tour Black Suit


Janet Jackson Velvet Rope Tour Red Suit


2001-02 - All for You Tour

The All for You Tour was another veritable spectacle for this pop star’s fans, with at least nine Janet Jackson wardrobe changes in every show. She sported at least two fedoras during this 2001-02 trek, including the one that complemented this memorable all-white outfit:

Janet Jackson All for You Tour White Outfit


On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jackson also donned this all-black costume, complete with a leather cropped bustier.

Janet Jackson All for You Tour Black Outfit


2008 - Rock Witchu Tour

2008’s Rock Witchu Tour was launched in support of Jackson’s most recent album of original music, “Discipline.” Janet Jackson’s costumes for the show were designed by world-renowned fashion designer Donatella Versace, so it’s no wonder that fans got to see Jackson perform in some amazing outfits, including a show-stopping red gown that was worn during performances of lower-key ballads.

Janet Jackson Rock Witchu Tour Red Dress


She also sported this killer gold jumpsuit while she performed some of her most popular throwback gems.

Janet Jackson Rock Witchu Tour Gold Jumpsuit


2011- Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour

Jackson’s most recent live venture to date, the 2011 tour was a celebration of her greatest hits. Costumes designed by Robert Behar earned much acclaim, including this skin-tight futuristic catsuit.

Janet Jackson Number Ones Tour Black Catsuit


Another top Janet Jackson outfit from the trek was duplicated for her backup dancers, forming a mini dance army.

Janet Jackson Number Ones Tour Matching Dancer Outfits


Even when Jackson was just wearing a tank top and jeans, she proved she can dominate on stage.

Janet Jackson Number Ones Tour Casual Outfit


Can’t wait to see what she’ll wear during her 2015 Unbreakable World Tour? Check out her full tour dates to secure your spot at an upcoming concert! 

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