When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour – her worldwide jaunt in support of her “Prism” album and the follow-up outing to 2011’s candy-coated California Dreams tour – one thing was clear: “We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better than the last,” says Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujek, who commissioned a gigantic yin-and-yang hoopskirt for the show.
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After the set list and segment themes were finalized, the two enlisted an all-star cast of couture-house heads and master tailors to bring their vibrant, outlandish ideas to life.
Di$count Univer$e’s design for Perry’s tour
“It’s surreal to think she’s flying through the air all over the world on a swing, singing to millions of people in something we designed,” Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James from Aussie label Di$count Univer$e wrote in an email. The duo whipped up a plastic orange jacket that Perry flings off to reveal a bodysuit adorned with cherries, lightning bolts and eyeballs during the night’s “Hyper Neon” segment, which includes “Teenage Dream” and her latest single, “Birthday.”
Jeremy Scott’s Moschino design for Perry’s tour
Jeremy Scott, the creative director for Italian brand Moschino, revived the label’s classic smiley motif for Perry – with black peace-sign leggings, a yellow leather jacket and a bustier (with a smiley face on each cup), in which she sings “Last Friday Night.” Scott notes the challenges: “For Katy, I had to deal with hiding rigging mechanisms for her costume changes and make buckles look normal close-up with just a splash of Velcro.”
Roberto Cavalli’s design for Perry’s tour
Roberto Cavalli echoes Scott’s sentiment. “It needed to allow her to dance and sing without limitations,” says the Italian designer. His shimmering holographic skirt and crop-top combo, both trimmed with neon lights, opens the concert with “Roar.” “I wanted to make something extremely unique, an authentic showstopper,” says Cavalli. The LED lights on Perry’s ponytail that glow as she jumps rope complete the look.
Todd Thomas’ design for Perry’s tour
New York-based designer Todd Thomas closes out the show’s “Firework” encore with a stunning makeshift gown. And while he’s a fan of his gown’s “over-the-top drama,” he most admires that Perry isn’t an uptight star. “She’s smart and sexy and has a very grounded sense of self,” Thomas explains. “It allows her to pull off the fun stuff so easily. Come on, how often does a designer get to make some great big piece that transmits a big image in the type of venues she’s playing? It’s a dream come true!”