Listen to one rendition of "I Will Always Love You," and it's immediately obvious why Whitney Houston is one of the most decorated musicians of all time. Though she passed away in 2012, the singer's range and energy reverberate even now. The newly released documentary Whitney looks back on Houston's decade-spanning career.
But in addition to Houston's undeniable talent, the film also serves as a reminder of her iconic style. On stage (and on the red carpet), Houston gravitated toward sparkle and high-shine everything (it was the '80s and '90s after all). Her street style meanwhile was a cool example of exactly how trendsetters wore the styles we're dipping back into now. Below, you'll find seven iconic outfits—both fancy and casual—that illustrate the fact that Whitney Houston was not only an iconic singer but a fashion icon too.
Whitney attended the 1999 "Rock Style" Met Gala in Dolce & Gabbana (and a whole lot of sparkle).
In 1994, Houston arrived at LAX dressed in high-waisted jeans, sneakers, and sunglasses, an ensemble that celebrities still wear at the airport in 2018.
Rainbow crystals, a covered belt, and skin-tight velvet pants—this on-stage outfit is a standout.
This all-white athleisure ensemble proved that even back in 1993, sportswear was a cool style choice.
Houston was all shimmer and sparkle in a gold dress and matching accessories at an awards dinner in 1990.
An-all black ensemble complete with black jeans, a blazer, and boots got a punch of color thanks to a silky scarf.
At the 1990 Essence Awards in NYC, Houston wore a cream-colored two-piece ensemble and matching satin pumps.
Truly an icon.