ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad dominated radio airwaves again within the Seventies—however the Swedish supergroup remains to be as related as ever in 2023. Following up their smash hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” the long-lasting band launched a model new album, titled Voyage, in 2021—their ninth and closing studio album. This weekend, they’re additionally up for 4 main Grammy Awards, together with Album of the 12 months and Finest Pop Vocal Album of the 12 months, in addition to Document of the 12 months and Finest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency for one in every of their main singles, “Don’t Shut Me Down.”
Forward of ABBA’s grand look on the Grammys on Sunday, Vogue is looking again on the Swedish group’s finest style moments through the years. Images from their heyday within the Seventies show they’ve at all times been the masters of coordinated group model. Whereas acting on stage, the 4 members have at all times shared a penchant for the dramatic—typically synching up on groovy fits, bellbottom denims, or disco-ready spandex catsuits. There’s a motive there’s a complete Broadway musical (and film) set to their music; The group has a big roster of hits, and a fair longer record of assertion outfits to go together with them.
Lots of their fabulously retro seems to be have been designed by Owe Sandström, their go-to costume designer on the time. “I wished [their outfits] to be like items of artwork, extra than simply costumes,” he advised the Sydney Morning Herald. “My inspirations got here from all over the place, from everywhere in the world. Kimonos in Japan, the northern lights of Scandinavia. The latin boleros and flamenco items in Chiquitita and Fernando.”
Whereas it’s straightforward to look again on their Seventies garments as a time capsule, lots of their items—together with the flared denim and frilly blouses—couldn’t really feel extra present, particularly as designers comparable to Celine’s Hedi Slimane always look again and draw from the last decade. Log onto TikTok, and never solely is ABBA’s music always getting used for trending sounds, however many creators are additionally taking part in into their ’70s model, too (keep in mind that magnificence pattern on the app the place everybody was recreating bouncy, voluminous, ABBA-worthy curls?). ABBA is the present that retains on giving—and we merely can’t wait to see what they put on to the Grammys on Sunday.
Under, 19 wonderful ABBA pictures to get pleasure from.