PHOTOS: Whitney Houston Dies…Her Glittering Style, Life & Times Remembered

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Whitney Houston accepted an accolade at the American Music Awards in 2009, the year she released “I Look to You.”
Whitney Houston, whose glittering fashion statements were as big as her voice, has died at the age of 48, AP reports.
The news hit as fashionistas across New York City hopped from fashion show to fashion show, stopping their constant stream of Fashion Week Twitter updates to tweet the news of Houston’s passing.
While in recent years Houston was known more for her erratic behavior and ongoing battle with drug abuse, she remained an entertainment superstar (she was set to star in a remake of 1976’s “Sparkle”and just today The Hollywood Reporter reportedshe’d been approached to join “The X Factor” as a judge).
And within the fashion world, of course, Whitney will always be remembered for having style befitting her “diva” status. With her debut album, Whitney Houston, dropping in 1985, her fashion epitomized ’80s glam: big shoulders, slinky skirts, sequins galore and major hair.
Over the years her jacket shoulders may have shrunk, but thankfully her hair –and her diva attitude — never did. Below, take a look back at Whitney Houston’s all-too-brief life in outfits. 

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1988

Whitney Houston performing at Wembley Arena in London in 1988.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1985

At the home of her mother in West Orange, N.J., in 1985.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1991

Ms. Houston performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1984

Ms. Houston, left, and Jermaine Jackson during a rehearsal for the CBS television soap opera “As the World Turns” in New York in 1984.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1992

Starring with Kevin Costner in “The Bodyguard” in 1992. In the mid-1990s, she moved into acting with films like “The Bodyguard” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1985

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – March 1988

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – January 1989

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1985

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – December 1986

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – January 1987

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1998

With Muhammad Ali in 1998. All of her studio albums were million-sellers, and two have sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone: Her 1985 debut album and the 1992 soundtrack to “The Bodyguard,” which contains ”I Will Always Love You.”

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – Mid 1990s

But by the mid-1990s, she became what she described, in a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, as a “heavy” user of marijuana and cocaine. By the 2000s, she was struggling; her voice grew smaller, scratchier and less secure, and her performances grew erratic.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1994

With President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in Johannesburg in 1994.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 2001

Ms. Houston was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 2003

Ms. Houston and Mr. Brown received honorary citizenship in the southern Israel town of Dimona in 2003.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 2004

With Mr. Brown and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, at Disneyland in 2004.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 2003

Performing with Stevie Wonder during the “VH1 Divas” show in 2003.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 2000s

But her marriage to the singer Bobby Brown — which was, at one point, documented in a Bravo reality television series, “Being Bobby Brown” — grew miserable, and in the 2000s, her singles slipped from the top 10.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1998

With her mother, Cissy, and brother, Gary, in Los Angeles in 1998. Cissy Houston was a gospel and pop singer who had backed up Aretha Franklin.

Whitney Houston: Her Life and Times – 1988

Ms. Houston, who influenced a generation of younger singers, presented an award with Mariah Carey at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards.

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