Gypsy chic (Stevie Nicks)
Bohemian beauty Stevie Nicks of the music group Fleetwood Mac was a gypsy princess who brought the ethereal dream world of fairies to her fans. Her eclectic style of romantic vintage clothes and elaborate ethnic shawls epitomized the gypsy chic look of the era that she helped define.
Stevie floated around in chiffon angel sleeves and romantic handkerchief hems, her petite frame rising to majestic heights in her trademark knee-high platform boots. Her golden tresses were like a halo in the moonlight, and her arms dripped with silver and turquoise—a fantasy style very different from the hard-edged, leather-clad rockers who dominated the rock scene. She was a fresh voice, and her vintage style was a breath of fresh air to her fans.
Stevie’s own style was awakened when she spotted a young girl in the audience of her concert wearing a chiffon skirt and knee-high beige suede boots. She knew that’s what she wanted to look like, and the gypsy girl danced. Stevie’s debut with Fleetwood Mac featured her song “Rhiannon,” an ode to a Welsh goddess who gave up her mystical powers to live with the human man she loved. The haunting story of the mythic tale was played out in Stevie’s style, modeled after the romantic wardrobe of traveling gypsies.
Stevie draped herself in fluid fabrics and silver jewelry and alluded to the world of spells, fairies, and all kinds of fantastical things. She danced around on stage, wearing legwarmers over her platform boots, and beribboned headbands streamed through her golden locks. It was fantasy she was weaving, a tale of life told through songs and image. Fans went wild and emulated her look, covering themselves in her veil of romantic delight.
Girls draped themselves in crocheted shawls, soft handkerchief hem chiffon gowns with angel wings. Adorned with bells, ribbons, and bows, it was fairy tale time. When they listened to the haunted charm of Stevie’s voice, they entered a land of make-believe, and bohemian beauties they became, their skirts floating as they twirled under the starry skies of the stagelights. They too zipped up into knee-high suede platform boots, even tall ladies looking like Amazon angels. Stevie’s layered, flyaway hair exuded fairy chic instead of Farrah’s perfectly-shaped wings, and girls gave up their curling irons and hairspray.
Stevie became so involved in specific songs that she adopted special shawls and hats exclusive to one tune. She changed costumes as she changed moods, wearing a beribboned top hat for “You Can Go Your Own Way,” a golden shawl for “Gold Dust Woman” or a Gibson Girl pompadour hairdo for “Sara.” She was a performer who lured her audience into submission by her costumes. This persona attracted fans who were tired of disco flash, preferring the ethereal allure of the moonlight.
Avoiding the chameleon looks Madonna, Stevie maintained her archetypal style throughout the decades, earning praise from her devoted fans for sticking with her convictions. She doesn’t need to change, because she is who she is: a gypsy girl in flight, ready to be carried away by the slightest whisper of wind.