The Super Bowl halftime show is a highlight of the big event, with musicians often outdoing each other with increasingly spectacular sets, pyrotechnics, and costumes. This year, Rihanna graced the stage wearing a custom-made, multi-layered red ensemble from Loewe. According to the brand, the outfit was inspired by “flight gear and the show’s dynamic scenography.” The suit was designed to sit low on her hips, and it showcased her baby bump for her second child.
One of the best fashion moments was from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who co-headlined the 2020 Super Bowl. The two pop stars closed out the show in complementary gold and silver ensembles. Lady Gaga also stands out with her 2017 halftime show. She began her performance by jumping off the roof of the stadium, supported only by thin wires, wearing a bedazzled bodysuit and knee-high boots designed by Donatella Versace.
Beyoncé has had many memorable Super Bowl moments, including her 2013 solo show, where she wore an all-leather look by Rubin Singer, and her 2016 co-performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, where she wore a custom military-inspired look by DSquared2. During her solo show, she also surprised the audience by bringing out her fellow Destiny’s Child members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Looking back further, the most discussed performance of all time was when Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson took the stage together, with Jackson’s leather Alexander McQueen costume becoming an iconic piece of pop culture. Prince‘s 2007 halftime show is also a standout, with the late singer wearing a turquoise suit, bright orange shirt, and leopard-print guitar strap, even during a surprise downpour.
These fashion moments show that Super Bowl halftime shows have become increasingly elaborate, with musicians using their costumes to enhance their performances. Check out the biggest style moments from the performers below.