Famous Rock Star Costume Ideas

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Famous Rock Star Costume Ideas
Accompany your costume with some rock star attitude. (Sean Murphy/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Dressing up as a famous and easily recognisable rock star is a fun costume option for any Halloween or costume party. Dress up as a specific famous rock star as a tribute to one you admire, or as a satirical turn to one you don't particularly like. However, a good costume emphasises the most unique aspects of the famous rock star's appearance.


Bjork is a rock star from Iceland who composes in English. Her most well-known songs include "Army of Me" and "It's Oh So Quiet." Like pop star Lady Gaga, Bjork's outrageous outfits are legendary. Bjork has shoulder-length black hair, which you can easily copy with a costume wig. Achieve her smoky-eye look with black eyeliner and a blend of grey and black eye shadow. For an easily recognisable Bjork costume, emulate the famous swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars ceremony. Pair a long white tutu with a white tank top and pin a white swan stuffed animal to your chest.


Cher is an American rock singer who first performed as part of the duo Sonny and Cher, and later as a solo artist. Her most well-known songs include the Sonny and Cher song "I Got You Babe" and the Cher song "If I Could Turn Back Time." To copy Cher's look, wear an extra-long black wig with either flat or curly hair; big earrings; long, black fake eyelashes; and pink lipstick. Put on a black leotard and a fake leather jacket. Wear black thigh-high boots, or thigh-high stockings and black high heels.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was the frontman for the highly influential American grunge rock band Nirvana. The Seattle-based band was known for songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are." To copy Kurt Cobain's trademark look, wear a pair of light-coloured blue jeans, a T-shirt and an unbuttoned flannel shirt worn as an overshirt. Also wear a shoulder-length blond wig and have some stubble in the moustache and goatee area around your mouth. Carry around a real or fake guitar.

Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is the frontman for the American and Hollywood-based band Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of their best known songs is "Californication." To emulate one of Anthony Kiedis's widely known looks, wear black trousers, no shirt and a bicep-length black wig. However, if you don't want to go shirtless, wear a sleeveless men's undershirt known as a wifebeater. Apply temporary tattoos in tribal designs to your arms.

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