TO PRESENT HIS spring menswear collection at Paris fashion week last year, American designer Rick Owens enlisted the help of Estonian heavy metal band Winny Puhh.
In fact, many designers are not-so-secret music nerds.
When Marco Zanini took his bow after his debut collection for Schiaparelli, he was wearing a Smiths "Sheila Take A Bow" T-shirt.
John Varvatos and Tommy Hilfiger have both written books about the elements of rock style ("John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion" and "Rock Style: How Fashion Moves to Music," respectively).
And under Christopher Bailey, Burberry has launched its own acoustic music showcase. When Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto was commissioned to make the Kabuki-inspired costumes for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour, he was helping to create a persona as much as a wardrobe.
Like Bowie, who had unleashed Ziggy Stardust onto the world, the Somalian-born Iman was an otherworldly prospect for fashion when she began modeling in 1975.
Her long, graceful neck and aquiline features appealed to designers with an emphasis on tailoring, including Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler, that Bowie later wore at their wedding.
Stephanie Seymour and Axl Rose When Sports Illustrated model Stephanie Seymour became Axl Rose's girlfriend, she became an icon of '90s Americana rock royalty, her faded denim and corset tops henceforth the template for what a rock star's girlfriend should look like.
Rose, for his part, seemed to respond to Seymour's casual glamour by pairing loose-fit blazers and tuxedo jackets with his customary ripped jeans and bandannas.
And Vivienne Westwood's tartan-heavy bondage designs for the Sex Pistols more or less defined the nascent punk look, making its antiestablishment ethos shockingly visible.
For designers, stagewear offers an opportunity for creative freedom that's rare outside of haute couture.
Worn for just a few hours, seen by thousands and free from commercial considerations, the costumes are often a playful, intensified taste of a designer's signature. and Nicki Minaj, or Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane's sequined tuxedos for Daft Punk.