For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show was the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it was packed with so much Cher that it took three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.
Starring Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show had 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous musical that had the audience dancing in the aisles!
Everything changed when young Cherilyn Sarkisian met Salvatore Bono at a small coffee shop in L.A. in 1962. Hear the songs that started it all, and made Sonny and Cher a household name.
Look back on some of Cher's most iconic and thrilling fashion moments.
When Cher first came on the scene as part of a duo with Sonny Bono in the 1960s, their looks were iconic of the free-love, freewheeling era. Her long, straight locks changed the game for those still wearing beehives.
Bang, bang! As a duo, Cher and Sonny often matched in unisex takes on hippie fashion. Items like fur vests gave their looks textures and proportions and shapes that were unconventional for the era.
It would be the start of a lifelong trend of strategically placed sequins and fabulous headdresses. This Bob Mackie creation lit up The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.
Cher often revealed her belly button on the Sonny and Cher TV show, which got her in trouble with the network but eventually helped change the rules. Red carpet looks like this, once daring, are now the norm.
This daring look created for Cher by Bob Mackie was simply groundbreaking, and has since become a rite of passage for female performers. According to Mackie, it was never about being naked; it was about being bold.
Ever one to eschew black-tie formality, Cher showed up to the 1974 Academy Awards® in a gorgeous floral-print two-piece more evocative of a sarong than a dress, but still high fashion with a couture headpiece and choker.
The pop-star wardrobe staple all began with a bold move from a very body-forward disco diva.
For her album “Prisoner,” Cher went nearly naked once again, in a shimmering Mackie headpiece cascading seamlessly into a matching beaded dress.
Cher challenged the Academy Awards® dress code as a presenter in this memorable costume — turning heads and daring to be taken seriously as an actress.
Her provocatively simple shock dress was the perfect look for clinching the Oscar®. The diva had arrived.
At a Halloween party in Century City, Cher channeled Cleopatra with a wig-headpiece hybrid that screamed statuesque.
Never comfortable with the commonplace, her gorgeous, woven gown got a bold matching topper at the Academy Awards — a nod to her famous headwear of years past.
Who can top a Cher headpiece better than Cher, with this mohawk meets Mad Max tribal warrior crown?
Cher stole a page out of her own stylebook and subsequently stole the show at the VMAs paying tribute to the big hair, body-baring unisuit, high boots and leather jacket immortalized in her 1988 “If I Could Turn Back Time” music video.
Cher channeled her tribal heritage and diva status in her “Dressed to Kill Tour.”