Céline Dion's Style Transformation Through the Years

Let’s look back at the fashion journey of this talented and beloved singer that is proving that age is just a number and that it is never too late to reinvent oneself.

51-year-old Canadian pop star Celine Dion has spent her entire life on a stage and has become a world-famous star. In the meantime, she has seen many fashion trends come and go, and she has shown her good taste since the beginning.

In recent years, Dion has taken her interest in fashion to the next level, becoming a sensation as a runway model and turning everyone’s heads with her outrageous outfits.

Celine Dion. I Image: Getty Images.

Celine Dion. I Image: Getty Images.

Let’s look back at the fashion journey of this talented and beloved singer that is proving that age is just a number and that it is never too late to reinvent oneself. 

EARLY YEARS

Born in 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, as the youngest of 14 children, Dion grew up as part of a musical family. Her parents didn’t only perform, but they also owned a piano bar where Dion started to perform in public at age 5.

The future music star was only 12 when she recorded her first demo tape, which landed her a record deal with a famed French producer to record her debut album “La Voix du Bon Dieu,” released in 1981.

By the end of the decade, Dion had made herself a name in different European countries as well as the Middle East, Australia, and Japan. After achieving this, Dion was ready to conquer America.

BREAKTHROUGH

In 1990, after having recorded nine French albums and winning the Eurovision Song Contest, Dion recorded her first album in English, titled Unison, which started her longtime collaboration with musician David Foster.

The record was impressive enough for Dion to be picked by Disney to sing the title track for “Beauty and the Beast” in 1992, a duet with Peabo Bryson that definitely put her on the map for the US audience and gave her international projection.

The boost that resulted from her awarded hit song led to the success of her two subsequent productions, 1992’s “Celine Dion” (including the single “If You Asked Me To”) and 1993’s “The Colour of My Love.” 

MARRYING HER PRODUCER

In 1994, Dion married her manager and producer Rene Angelil, who had divorced his first wife years earlier. Angelil, 24 years older than Dion, was the person that handled her career since the beginning.

Celine Dion and her late husband Rene Angelil. I Image: Getty Images.

Celine Dion and her late husband Rene Angelil. I Image: Getty Images.

Marriage didn’t slow down her career one bit, and Dion actually reached the peak of her career around that time, with her 1996 performance at the Olympic Games and the release of “Titanic” in 1997 and its theme song “My Heart Will Go On.”

Even if the song turned her into a massive phenomenon and a household name following the huge success of the film, it was already her third No 1 hit. After that, she was collaborating with the likes of Barbra Streisand and the Bee Gees.

ENJOYING HER SUCCESS

In 1998, Dion was recognized with the National Order of Quebec, and she also teamed up with Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain, on the first “Divas Live” show on VH-1.

It was a time of great satisfaction for the singer, but also a very busy period that included touring around the world while recording more albums. She received the new millennium performing in Montreal on December 31, 1999.

After reaching the top of her career and achieving more than she had dreamed of, Dion felt it was time for her to embark on a different kind of adventure, that of becoming a mother.

STARTING HER OWN FAMILY

Following years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive, Dion and Angelil agreed to use in vitro fertilization in order for her to get pregnant, and in 2000, the singer announced that she was going to take a break to focus on having a child.

Celine Dionn. I Image: Getty Images.

Celine Dionn. I Image: Getty Images.

In 2001, the couple welcomed their first-born Rene-Charles, followed by twin boys Eddy and Nelson nearly ten years later in 2010.

The 2000’s saw Dion not longer dominating the charts but staying relevant, returning to the studio in 2002 and starting her 36-month Las Vegas residence at Caesars Palace in 2003, apart from starting to record in French again.

DIFFICULT TIMES

In 2014, Dion had to cancel her professional commitments once again after Angelil’s throat cancer, in remission for more than a decade, returned, with the singer announcing her desire to devote to him and their children.

Celine Dion. I Image: Getty Images.

Celine Dion. I Image: Getty Images.

She also suffered from inflammation in her throat muscles, which forced her to take a break from singing to prevent permanent damage to her voice. She enjoyed the support of her fans all along.

Unfortunately, Angelil passed away in 2016 after a long battle with the illness. He was 73 years old. It was a devastating blow to Dion, but she knew she had to be strong and keep going for her children.

REINVENTING HERSELF WITH FASHION

After losing her husband, the singer turned to what she loves the most after her family, which is her music, and later in 2016, she resumed touring and performing in Las Vegas, as a way to move on and cope with her loss.

But more surprisingly, she has reinvented herself as a haute couture model, showcasing the most audacious outfits in red carpet events, stealing the show in the 2019 Met Gala with her look.

“I’ve always loved fashion, from as far back as I can remember. But as everyone knows, I’ve gone through some extremely difficult times in recent years, and I suppose that I’m spreading my wings a little bit more these days and doing so with the help of beautiful clothing and accessories,” she told People in 2017.

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