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He may be known as the maestro of understated elegance, but Giorgio Armani can also turn out spectacular stage attire. Here, he discusses five of his favorites:

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1. Jennifer Lopez, for the 2010 Academy Awards
“For Jennifer I chose a dress from the Giorgio Armani Privé collection that had a mermaid silhouette, as I thought it complemented her shape beautifully. The dress is iridescent, icy pale pink, and was created in high-tech, almost futuristic silk organza. The knockout features were the crescent-shaped bustier and the side train adorned with crystals. She looked like a perfect dream.”

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2. Alicia Keys, for her Freedom Tour, 2010
“To give Alicia some edginess while also accentuating her figure, I conceived a striking military jacket in crocodile-print leather with embroidery on the shoulders, teamed with leggings and boots in leather and crystals. This image was rounded off by metal, crystal, and sequined embellishments.”

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3. Katy Perry, for the 2011 Grammy Awards
“I see Katy as an intriguing mix of naughty and nice. For the red carpet I created a dress that would reflect that personality. The iridescent white silk organza skirt with a long cascading train and the crystal-encrusted bustier were enhanced by a pair of feather wings. She looked like an angel, but a very provocative one.”

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4. Ricky Martin, for his Musica+Alma+Sexo World Tour, 2011
“Ricky is undoubtedly a man with lots of sex appeal. That’s why I created a number of black leather jackets for the opening of his Eighties punk–inspired show. He looks great in my suits, but on this occasion I wanted to surprise people and show there is a tougher, sportier side to him.”

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5. Tina Turner, for her 50th-Anniversary Tour, 2008
“Tina needed outfits that emphasized how dynamic and physical she is as a performer. My response was dramatic short dresses in silk jersey with all-over embroidery and crystals, or leggings with diamanté—to highlight what a powerful bundle of energy she is.”

Photos: Lopez: Fairchild Archive. All others: Getty Images