Freddie Mercury spent most of the ’70s in a dazzling array of wild, low-cut leotards. He would now cut to a more straight-laced figure in a military-style jacket, albeit one with multiple gold buckles and in a bright yellow hue.
The gorgeous yellow jacket made it’s debut during Queens 1986, “Magic Tour.” It was created by Diana Moseley, Queen’s trusted costume designer. His famous yellow jacket was one of three military-style cropped coat created especially for him. The design was reportedly inspired by Spanish opera costumes and featured gold buckles, eyelets and trim. Mercury paired it with white trousers that had a red stripe down either leg, embellished with gold. The color scheme was said to be a nod to the Spanish flag, though yellow was also known as one of the singer’s favorite colors.
Moseley met Freddie Mercury in April 1985, when she provided the costumes for the music video for I Was Born to Love You.
In catalogs of Mercury’s greatest costumes, the military jacket stands out as a nod to a more commanding Freddie, a man firmly in control of his extraordinary talent and fame. He demonstrated this on stage at Wembley, too, directing tens of thousands of fans to follow his lead as he showed off his vast vocal range.
The last public record of the yellow jacket was said to be sold by auctioneers Bonhams for just over £26,000 (then about $49,000) in 2004. The closest you can get to seeing it is a bronze sculpture of Mercury in the city of Montreux, Switzerland, where the band recorded some of its most successful albums. Fans often leave yellow flowers at the site as they look up to the 10-foot statue of a man who injected the music industry with the style, charisma and flamboyance of someone who knew he was born to stardom. Mosley designed many other outfits including his waistcoat (pictures of cats are on the coat) from “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and his costume from, “I’m Going Slightly Mad” but her most famous pieces of work remains the “Yellow Jacket.”