Katy Perry Revisits Her Life in Looks, Including Her Best Met Gala Moments
Given Katy Perry’s many music videos, Met Gala appearances, and Vogue covers, the singer was the perfect choice to revisit some of the best ensembles of her 15-year career in a brand-new “Life in Looks” video. Perry has proven time and time again that she’s the queen of creating memorable style moments, on the red carpet or on a stage. Remember when she performed “California Gurls” at the Super Bowl Halftime show in 2015, wearing a beach ball-inspired dress designed by Jeremy Scott?
Perry begins her fashion throwback with a look at some of her best music video outfits. At the top of the list is, of course, her 2010 banger “California Gurls.” Styled by Johnny Wujek, the pop star wore a cupcake bra with sparkly denim shorts. “These shorts are actually Diesel jeans that were cut and bedazzled,” says Perry. She also recalls a funny story during the day on set. “When you get a spray tan the day of the music video, your color changes gradually throughout the day—so I kept on getting oranger, and oranger, and oranger,” says Perry with a laugh. “We had to spend so much extra money on color-grading this music video.”
Perry also looks back fondly on her Vogue covers. For her first time gracing the cover in July 2013, she was photographed by Annie Leibovitz. “I felt like Snow White and Elizabeth Taylor,” says Perry of the classic, glamorous shoot. She then went more “OTT” for her 2017 Vogue cover, which was shot by the duo Mert and Marcus. “It was all Commes des Garçons, so I was able to wear art pieces,” says Perry. “It was at a point in my career where I was really shifting my style.”
Of course, Perry’s “Life in Looks” video wouldn’t be complete without a look back at some of her winning Met Gala looks. For the 2016 Met Gala’s “Manus x Machina” theme, Perry’s “heavy” Prada gown nodded to the technology theme via a Tamagotchi attached to the waist. At the 2017 Met Gala, honoring Commes des Garçons, Perry went avant-garde in her red Maison Margiela look complete with a veil. “I loved it so much. I felt like I belonged in fashion finally,” says Perry. For the 2018 “Heavenly Bodies” theme, meanwhile, Perry went ethereal with her Versace look—complete with giant angel wings. “These wings were not light,” says Perry, who also recalls her dramatic entrance. “I arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce standing up.”