With the release of Elton John's fabulous career retrospective box set Diamonds, we're taking a look back at some of the costumes and lewks the pop, rock and fashion icon has flaunted through the years while releasing classic after classic -- including nine No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles and six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 -- and leaving an indelible mark on music.
A Star From the Start
Portrait of Elton John playing piano while wearing sunglasses and a shirt covered in stars on Nov. 7, 1970.
A Platform for Success
Elton John rehearses before his Royal Variety performance in London in 1972.
Elton John wearing a floral applique suit and sunglasses.
The Star Becomes an Icon
Elton John at his home in Wentworth, Surrey, during a shoot for the cover of 'Elton John's Greatest Hits' 1974.
Elton John in a flamboyant stage outfit of white suit with feather trim and rhinestone encrusted glasses, circa 1973.
Elton John listening to music on Sony hi-fi equipment in 1974.
Elton John performs at an open-air concert in May 1974 in Watford, England.
"This Old Thing?"
Elton John performs at The Forum on Oct. 3, 1974 in Inglewood, Calif.
All Dressed Up
Elton John pictured wearing a typically flamboyant costume on Dec. 3, 1984.
Elton John, wearing a vest top and satin shorts, at home in Beverly Hills, 1975, with part of his wardrobe, notably a large collection of platform shoes. Perched on his shoulder is a soft toy in his own likeness.
Elton John plays the song "Pinball Wizard" in the rock band The Who's rock opera movie 'Tommy' which was released on March 26, 1975 in the United Kingdom.
Go West, Young Man
Elton John performs at the Midsummer Music one-day festival at Wembley Stadium in London on June 21, 1975. John performed the whole of his album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' during his set.
Elton John performing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, 1975. He is wearing a sequined baseball outfit.
A Hare Too Much Fur
Wearing the Walk of Fame
Elton John is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 1975. He is wearing a suit emblazoned with the names of stars, including his own.
Ballad of the Boy In the Red Shoes
Elton John performs in 1977.
A Friend to the Muppets
Elton John on 'The Muppet Show' in 1977.
Elton John, sporting one of his more unusual hairdos, performing at the Universal Amphitheatre on Oct. 7, 1986.
Elton John dressed in a period ensemble for his 50th birthday party at Hammersmith Palais on April 6, 1997.
Elton John attends the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2000.
The Man In Black (And Red)
Sir Elton John poses for a portrait during the Revlon concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall on April 3, 2012 in New York City.
Sir Elton, Living Legend
Elton John performs at the Lands End Stage during day 3 of the 2015 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on Aug. 9, 2015 in San Francisco.
Don't Shoot Him, He's Only the Piano Player
Elton John performs live at Twickenham Stoop on June 3, 2017 in London.