Katy Perry Superfan Describes Singer Freaking Out Over Homemade 'Witness' Dress, Says She's Making One for Perry's Dog

Katy Perry performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
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Katy Perry performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England on June 24, 2017. 

If you've ever seen Katy Perry in concert, you know her KatyCats go all out for her shows, often dressing up in home-designed outfits that mimic some of Katy's most popular looks.

Samantha Bolton, 26, is one of those fans -- only the Raleigh, North Carolina native went above and beyond before she drove eight and a half hours to see Perry's Witness Tour date in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday night (Oct. 16).

"I always dress up for every concert, and I make my own outfits and I like to make something like she's worn, but put a twist on it," Bolton, who works at ThinkPad maker Lenovo, tells Billboard. "They're not duplicate outfits. I 100 percent put my twist on it." After landing an opportunity to attend a meet-and-greet with Perry on Monday night, Bolton made sure she wowed the singer with her latest one-of-a-kind creation.

"I knew that so far on tour, nobody who had met her had a full outfit -- maybe a shirt -- but I was going to be the first with a full outfit," says Bolton, who estimates she spent two weeks on-and-off making the dress and matching shoes, which were splashed with more than 3,000 of the 6,000 glittering rhinestones she ordered for the project. She also made a glittery crop top and leggings for an earlier show in Pittsburgh.

Bolton told the KP chat group she's part of that she thought Perry was probably going to "freak out" when she saw the outfit, because of how much she cares about her fans. And when she walked into the backstage meeting with six of her friends and started taking a video of her friend Brandon meeting the singer -- who complimented his homemade shirt --  Perry interrupted their hug to say, "Hey, that's cute, where'd you get that?"

When Bolton proudly said she made it, Perry joked, "You made that and you didn't make me one?" Bolton went back to her spot in line, and when she got to the front she didn't get the requisite hug -- but instead, Perry whipped out her phone and started interviewing her superfan on Snapchat.

Bolton, who works in sales at Lenovo, but went to school to study fashion merchandising and considers herself "very crafty," knew she was going to meet Perry. So she put in the long hours to make the high-heeled shoes with sparkling eyeballs on them -- as well as the black dress with a matching eye inside a pair of lips across the chest, and smaller eyes on the skirt.


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Reached at work on Wednesday (Oct. 18), Bolton said her boss basically gave her a free pass to deal with the unexpected attention she's gotten over the meeting. "I've found posts from Nigeria, Singapore... I've just been googling myself all day and writing it down. It's insane."

Even more insane is how close Bolton has managed to get to Perry before actually meeting the singer. She attended the Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. shows earlier in the tour after getting called to dance on stage during the June 2011 Raleigh stop of the California Dreams tour; that bit actually landed her a "split second" appearance in Perry's Part of Me film.

Perry loved the dress so much that she asked for a puppy version for her beloved teacup poodle Nugget, a project Bolton had actually already been working on. "I'm definitely going to make one for Nugget," she says. "I was sad I didn't get the delivery of my UPS package for the dog outfit I ordered before the show. I was supposed to get it two days before I left, but it was delivered to the wrong place. It would have looked like [the dress] with lips on the back and covered in rhinestones. I was hoping Katy would like it and Instagram it." 

There's still hope, since Bolton is going to the Dec. 12 show in Atlanta, and she's pretty sure she'll be able to find someone who can help her get backstage to deliver the package -- and, just maybe, hoping that this exposure might help her get a foot in the door for a possible fashion pivot. "Today at work, people who think I'm crazy... I'm like, 'All you bitches thought I was crazy going all out and making these clothes for the Katy Perry concert. How about that?'"


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