Grace notes

The in­flu­ence of Jones

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

A unique force since the 1970s, Grace Jones has forged a path for other singers to fol­low. Here’s who took in­flu­ence from the star.

KYLIE MINOGUE

If the in­fa­mous hooded jump suit Kyles used in Can’t Get You Out of My Head seemed fa­mil­iar( right ), it was be­cause the Fee Do ran out­fit bor­rowed Grace’ s sig­na­ture style. Even the cover of its par­ent al­bum, Fever, bears a re­sem­blance to Is­land Life.

RI­HANNA

Grace hasn’ t been shy in call­ing out Rih anna and her stylists for her use of body paint, as per her col­lab­o­ra­tions with Keith Ha ring int he 1980s.

RÓISÍN MUR­PHY

While creative ly in­de­pen­dent, Mur­phy’ s con­fi­dence in merg­ing high fash­ion with mu­sic re­flects J one s’ s. And Mur­phy ac­knowl­edged the part that Grace Jones’ live shows had in form­ing the ba­sis of her own per­for­mances, with both heavy on the cos­tume changes.

LADYGAGA

Along with Madonna, Grace Jones has proved to be a defin­ing in­flu­ence on Lady Ga ga, adopt­ing Jones’ at­ti­tude, art and ideas in her own work, even down to don­ning the same Phillip T rea cy hat while Jones was still tour­ing withit. Suf­fice to say, that did not go down well.

Buti­nusinga­body­suit ratherthan her­ski­nas acan­vas, saysJones, Ri-Rimiss­es­the­p­ointen­tirely.

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