Super Bowl XLIX Queen Katy Perry is never one to shy away from putting on the most campy, tongue-in-cheek pop spectacle possible. Complete with a giant mechanical lioness, dancing blue sharks and Missy Elliott, Perry certainly brought out “the big balloons” during last night’s halftime show.
To ensure she’d look the part for this career-defining moment, Perry called upon designer Jeremy Scott to create four costumes. The result was a lineup of killer quick-change looks that married together humor with avant-garde, Americana culture. Scott is known for bringing pop culture into the world of high fashion, but last night, he brought high fashion into the realm of pop culture—an exciting Warholian move on his part.
Perry opened with a sparkling gold look finished with 3-D, cartoonish flames on the hem and shoulders—an outfit inspired by Scott’s iconic work with Adidas footwear. In an interview with Style.com, Scott confessed that this was the most difficult piece for him to assemble. Everything was airbrushed leather and treated so that the flames would have a dramatic ombré effect. The jacket’s flames even matched up with the dress beneath, so it would look seamless on camera, he said.
Scott designed the next look to complement Perry’s hit singles, “Teenage Dream,” and, “California Girls.” The technicolor outfit featured a beach ball bustier that played off a warm weather set packed with dancing palm trees and sharks—very, very Perry. “There is no Deflate-gate going on here at all,” Scott said in an interview with Style.com, referring to Perry’s famous chest. “These beach balls are fully inflated—we will have none of that.”
The irrefutably most important moment during Perry’s set was when Misdemeanor took the stage to perform a medley of hits, including “Work It,” and, “Lose Control.” Scott played off Missy’s hip-hop legacy, throwing a crystal-coated hoodie dress with the number 49 over Perry’s beach ball outfit. The piece needed to be big enough to easily throw onto Perry in split seconds, Scott said, but it also couldn’t be too big so that she appeared drowning in fabric on stage.
Perry finished off her Super Bowl performance, flying throughout the University of Phoenix Stadium in a one-shouldered, silver Moschino gown. Scott covered the dress in holographic and silver Mylar sequin stars, mixing old Hollywood glamour with a retro, sci-fi edge. The resulting look was an ultra-glamorous, Jessica Rabbit-inspired piece that served as the perfect finale.