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The gorgeous yellow jacket made it’s debut during Queens 1986,

August 30, 2020   Seraja   10

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.”

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  1. I like Freddie Mercury’s yellow jacket from Queen’s 1986 Magic Tour which was designed by Diana Moseley as well as Mercury’s white jacket with the red straps and also the plain white one as well. Loved it.

  2. Yeah, and Freddie also wore his yellow jacket for the last time in the 1989 music video called The Miracle which was directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher for DoRo Productions and also featuring the young lookalikes with Ross McCall and filmed at Elstree Studios, London, in November 1989 IIRC.

  3. Queen’s last concert with the late Freddie Mercury which took place at Knebworth Park on Saturday 9th August 1986 also must have marked the last time that he wears his yellow jacket with his white trousers with the yellow and gold piping and his yellow vest with the word Champion.

  4. BTW Seraja, Freddie Mercury first wore his famous yellow jacket at the first Magic Tour show which took place at Rasunda Stadium, Stockholm on 7th June 1986. There’s pictures of that on Shutterstock and others if you’re interested.

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