The Billboard Cover Story - Jennifer Lopez: Onstage Skin, Fringe & Sparkle

Jennifer Lopez is known for her red-carpet fashion, from the cut-down-to-there Versace silk-chiffon dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards to her trendsetting white lace gown at the 2013 Golden Globes. But there's one place her style doesn't change: onstage. And though her costumes may seem skimpy, the skin-baring looks are more about performance than sex appeal.

"She dances really hard," says Rob Zangardi, half of Lopez's styling team for the last four years, along with partner Mariel Haenn. "What we do is to emphasize the movement and make sure she can do the lifts and flips and moves."

Lopez's go-to costumes - many of them collaborations with the Mumbai-based design team of Falguni & Shane Peacock - are cut high up on the leg and dripping with ropey fringe to sway with the music.

"She loves Falguni & Shane because they do very rock'n'roll stage costumes and they're sparkly, which is so great for the stage," says Zangardi. Those sparklers include the black and gold stunner she wore to open the Billboard Music Awards in May.

For a June 4 concert in The Bronx, Lopez revisited the origins of her high-fashion image with costumes from Versace, ­including a green jungle-print chiffon body­suit that mimicked her ­infamous 2000 Grammys gown.

"We all wanted to do a throwback," says Zangardi, "to Jen being the same girl at heart."


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