STYLE EVOLUTION

Katy Perry’s Style Isn’t Limited to Outrageous Costumes and Colorful Wigs


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Throughout her career, the name Katy Perry has become equally synonymous with catchy pop music, as outrageous, candy-covered on-stage ensembles. But when she first started her career, Perry erred more towards retro, pin-up style; it was only later that the California Gurl truly embraced sequins and costumes. Today, Perry favors a more pared-down look when she’s not performing, that still maintain her trademark, quirky glamour (just take a look at her stunning Met Gala look, for example). Whether she’s riding a giant tube of cherry chapstick on stage to sitting front row at Chanel in a suit covered in astronauts, lets face it: Katy Perry puts the fun in fashion. Here, a look back at the pop star’s most varied ensembles through the years.

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A fresh-faced Katy Perry in a vintage-inspired floral frock and boots at American Music Awards in 2004.

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At Esquire’s 4th Annual Oscar Party in 2004, Perry channeled her inner pin-up girl in a strapless black dress and red pumps.

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Perry wore a belted boho sundress and flats in 2005.

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Katy Perry began her love affair with sequins wearing a shimmering mini dress and pumps at a launch party for Nintendo in 2006.

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A paired-down Katy Perry wore a printed jersey dress and purple tights to a Capital Radio recording studio in 2008

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At the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008, Perry debuted her wacky style in a daring satin cocktail dress and neon yellow heels.

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Perry looked angelic in a white evening gown replete with feathers and crystals at the Backstage in the Life Ball in Vienna in 2009.

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Bring on the sparkle! At the Kid’s Choice Awards in 2010, Katy Perry wore a metallic rainbow mesh dress and complimentary diamante pumps.

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Katy Perry wore a blue wig and a crystal encrusted dress at the MTV awards in 2010.

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Katy Perry gave the Angels a run for their money on the Victoria’s Secret pink carpet in a floral embellished corset and hot pink mini skirt.

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Katy Perry channeled old Hollywood glamour at a pre-Grammys party in 2011 wearing a pearl-scaled mermaid gown and Cher-length tresses.

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At the Grammy Awards in 2011, Katy Perry accessorized her Armani Prive gown with a pair of feathered angel wings.

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At the American Music Awards in 2011, Katy Perry went pink–literally head to toe–in a space-age dress.

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Yet again matching her hair to her dress, Katy Perry wore a shimmering blue Elie Saab haute couture gown to the Grammys in 2012.

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At the premiere of her documentary film Part of Me in 2012, Katy Perry wore a ballerina-chic frock by Marchesa and dark purple hair,

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On the red carpet for the American Music Awards in 2013, Katy Perry wore a black polka-dot dress and Olympia Le Tan clutch.

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At the White House Correspondence Dinner in 2013, Katy Perry wore a green chiffon column gown with gold belt detail and bronze skin.

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At the Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 show at the Grand Palais, Katy Perry wore a head-to-toe look by the designer.

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Katy Perry took her role as a musician very literally, wearing an embroidered Valentino Haute Couture creation fat the Grammys in 2014.

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At the Grammys the following year, Perry paired a crystal-covered Zuhair Murad dress with strappy sandals and purple hair.

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Katy Perry wore a cowgirl-inspired Jeremy Scott number to the 2016 Country Music Awards, where she sang a duet with Dolly Parton.

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In a crimson-colored, petal-adorned gown by Marchesa, Katy Perry looked glam at the 23rd annual amfAR gala in 2016

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At the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary gala in 2016, Katy Perry wore a chic belted jumpsuit.

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Perry attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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At Christopher Kane fashion show, a newly platinum blonde Katy Perry wore an ensemble by the designer.

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As a host of the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala, Katy Perry was one of the best dressed of the night, wearing a Maison Margiela Artisanal couture creation.

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A pixie-cut blonde Katy Perry attended this year’s Wang Tango festival wearing Issey Miyake and white go go boots.

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Perry opted for an all-black ensemble while visiting ‘The Morning Mash Up’ on SiriusXM Hits 1 channel at The SiriusXM Studios on May 23, 2017 in New York City.

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Perry leaves the ‘Kaviar Kaspia’ restaurant on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France wearing a chic, turtleneck dress.

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Before hosting the 2017 VMA’s, Perry prepped for the gig in a spaceman-covered Chanel ensemble.