As an OG Glee fan, it’s been tough to watch something that was so original, spirited, and joyful devolve into a parody of itself over the past few seasons. Nonetheless, Glee was and is still a remarkable, groundbreaking piece of television, if for no other reason than the fact that they essentially produce an hour-long musical each week. And when they want to get theatrical….they really get theatrical. Obviously the Lady Gaga v. Katy Perry episode is the first thing that comes to mind, but Glee has had some fantastically extravagant costumes over the years. Join me for a trip down memory lane…
1. Rachel’s First Attempt at Gaga
This dress was a hilarious masterpiece, and I only wish I could have been part of the costume design team that put it together. Rachel Berry never quite had a knack for glamour, but the girl knew how to make a statement.
2. Gaga Success
3. Holding Out for a Hero
This superhero outfit was one of the best things Melissa Benoist ever got to wear on Glee, and obviously Becca Tobin looks amazing as well. I just feel like if I was going to be a superhero, I would definitely want boob flowers, know what I mean? Also, this scene is now a preview because Melissa Benoist is playing Supergirl!
The production of Katy Perry‘s “Roar” was just as over-the-top as it well should have been. And since I have a passionate love affair with Darren Criss in my mind, I didn’t hate this outfit, if you can even call it that. Also, can we just be amazed for a second at how muscular Becca is? That girl is a force of nature.
5. Heather Morris As Britney Spears
Click through for more classic musical moments, Kurt Hummel being ridiculous, and a moment you won’t even remember.
Glee’s performance of Britney’s “Toxic” during the 100th episode was so over-the-top sexual that I had trouble watching after reminding myself what age they’re supposed to be. The other two aren’t quite as bad as Naya Rivera, who looks like she’s in a Victoria’s Secret ad or the beginning of a porno.
7. Whatever This Is
8. Rocky Horror
Remember these days? “Rocky Horror Glee Show” gave the costumes designers another opportunity to go wild, and they certainly took advantage. It’s obscenely embarrassing that hours of my life have been spent listening to the Glee version of “Time Warp”…
Lea Michele and Naya Rivera doing Sara Bareilles was one of my favorite musical moments from last seasons (duh), and their outfits were just as spectacular as their voices. Rachel’s transformed Funny Girl number is stunning, and Santana’s MNM Couture gown is golden glowing perfection.
10. Mamma Mia
Another of last season’s best musical moments, Glee did Mamma Mia in a way only Glee could. While Rachel and the New York crew were goofing around and singing in their apartment, the McKinley crew was truly channeling ABBA.
11. Food Outfits?
If you even remember this moment from season one, you are a more dedicated Glee fan than me.
Which outfits did I miss? Leave them in the comments!!