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U2 Events: Rock Style Exhibit

Bono/U2 featured at "Rock Style" exhibit
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Summer, 2000

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors on May 13, 2000 to Rock Style, a new exhibition that spotlights classic rock and roll performers and their pervasive influence on fashion.

Rock Style features approximately 120 of the greatest and most influential rock costumes from the 1950's to the present, including outfits from icons such as Elvis Presley, Bono, Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and The Beatles. Rock Style has been revised and expanded since it first opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last December. The exhibition opened with a benefit on May 12th with all proceeds to earmarked for educational programs at the Museum.

The exhibition will be on display through September 12, 2000.

All information and photography on this page is © Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by Design Photography Inc., Cleveland


Story by Jenny Williams for @U2:

The competition is tough -- the best. With the likes of David Bowie, Bjork, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley, it is a hard contest to win but the votes are in and it is official -- Bono steals the show.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tommy Hilfiger, welcomes Rock Style, an exhibit that speaks for itself. Starting with the revolutionary rock stylers, Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent, the exhibit works through the sixties and seventies with the Supremes and the Beatles, the eighties with Madonna and Michael Jackson and heads straight into the nineties with Bjork, the Spice Girls and U2's Bono.

Bono once said, "We're not a fashion band." Little did he know that he would be a star in the Rock Style exhibit. Bono's exhibit starts in 1992 with ZooTV showcasing The Fly, Mirrorball Man, MacPhisto and the Lemon suit ... sunglasses and shoes included in all. Then to 1997 with PopMart with the Lopsided Man (which may be more familiar to fans as the boxer but was given the Lopsided name because of a walk Bono developed for the show) with the boxing robe worn at the Mexico City show (with the yellow arch and red heart sewn on the back), muscle shirt and, of course, shoes, as well as the BubbleMan suit Bono wore while emerging out of the largest mobile lemon ever created.

Rock Style can been seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio until September 2000.

Photos (© Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Photography by Design Photography Inc., Cleveland)

The Fly outfit
Mirrorball Man
Freedom of Zooropa 1
Freedom of Zooropa 2
MacPhisto
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Fly shades

 

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