Katy Perry and her Prismatic World Tour

Posted on May 28, 2014

Because why not? Which, we imagine, was the guiding question behind each one of these costumes. We sometimes have a bit of a harrumphy problem with the way it’s just expected now that a female pop star has to present herself as a cartoon character over and over again, but we can’t fault Katy for her commitment to putting on a show. And even if some of these looks are ludicrous or you think they’re offensively stupid, you’ve got to admit, they’re beautifully crafted pieces of stagewear.

 

 

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  • RussellH88

    These are fun and stupid, which is how they should be.

    Though, the horse/Egyptian outfit gives me flashes of Madonna at the Superbowl.

    • leahpapa

      Agreed, they’re perfect stage costumes (I actually think the shark-head one is pretty funny).

      Edited: I guess it’s just a fish?

      • Kent Roby

        Yes, it’s the bones of a dead fish eating a pussy; I assume Katy’s making an artistic statement about her sex life with Russell Brand. Or famine in Ethiopia, or something.

    • Cheryl

      Or LAST year’s Lady Gaga tour! Her outfit was more medieval and the horse was real. Gorgeous animal, I might add.

      • miga

        Actually, that horse was also a puppet! A Jim Henson puppet, in fact.

    • Kent Roby

      And Madonna at the Superbowl borrowed heavily from Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite Tour from the previous year. Nothing is new.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    There are a couple of crazy-ass looks in there- the first one, and the pink kitten outfit fail in my opinion, but the rest actually work if we’re looking at them as stagewear and not runway fashion. That glowing trimmed space reptile outfit is actually pretty kick ass.

    • Elaine Rodriguez

      I thought the pink kitten was a Josie and the Pussycat reference. No?

      • YoungSally

        Exactly my thought, until she went and did some sort of Cats reference with the fish head coat and stair choreography.

        She next moved to Aida with the Egyptian costumes.

        Katy does B’way…..but they are really interesting, just not outside clothes.

  • Samantha Klein

    I just …. why? Why are these necessary?

    • dmkava

      there’s no autotune in live performing…you have to distract the audience from lack of pipes somehow

      • Samantha Klein

        YES. That is the angle I was trying to work. Thank you. 🙂

      • I saw her perform at an Obama fundraiser and she sounded fine live. Not a great vocal talent or anything, but a solidly good performance overall.

      • sweetestsith

        Eh, I saw her live back in warped tour. She isn’t amazing or anything (and has never been billed that way), but she has a decent voice and really great energy on stage/as a performer. Win-win for a pop star.

    • The audience already knows the music — when they’re buying tickets to see you in person, you want to give them something to look at, and something dazzling enough to tell their friends to go see the next one.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think it fits HER stage persona quite well. I bet this show is a lot of fun.

  • Those sequinned dresses with matching sequinned shoes in the first couple of shots are gorgeous.

    Pity that the actual star is in a my breasts are winking at you body suit.. 🙂

  • MilaXX

    Bless her. This is crazy, but she seems to be having fun.

    • Do you think so? – I couldn’t see any joy in these pictures.

      • Kent Roby

        Yeah, I see lot’s of “I’m way too old for this shit” in these pictures.

      • MilaXX

        It may not show in these pictures, but I’ve seen a few clips of her performing where she seems to be enjoying herself.

        • Oh good! I was wondering if she was a bit over it all.

      • DesertDweller79

        These pictures make her look either bored or upset. I’m hoping this is just a fluke of timing. Hopefully she is actually having fun.

  • Funkykatt

    The current day Cher? I didn’t realize she played the guitar, I thought she just yelled.

    • StarburstLady

      I see nary a pick-up or mic anywhere near that guitar, so although she looks like she’s playing an actual chord, I’m skeptical that anyone in the audience is hearing it.

      • Funkykatt

        And because she can’t play….she of course, uses a Taylor.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    Ok….My first thought was that she is awfully covered for today’s pop stars – which is sort of impressive for this completely insane looking line up of clothing. My second was – she wears shoes that look generally reasonable and possibly even comfortable to wear. Overall, I’m pretty impressed.

    • GeoDiva

      I was also impressed with the appropriate footwear that she was sporting. Perfect heal height.

    • You’re right, she is pretty covered up. All of her looks are crazy, but none of them are truly revealing or even sexy. It’s actually not surprising – I’m going to admit here that while I wasn’t previously a fan, I did watch that “Part of Me” movie on Netflix and learned that Katy comes from a VERY strict, religious background. Definitely catch that movie if you have a chance. It was pretty interesting.

  • @Biting Panda

    I laughed so hard at the guitar playing, sunflower loving, hippie chick ensemble, that I nearly had Panang sauce come out of my nose.

    As I am dining alone, I looked rather insane.

    • Sarah

      Yup, that one got me too. Except it was more in the way of the epic eye roll.

      • @Biting Panda

        epic.

    • alyce1213

      That’s gotta burn.

      • Sarah

        Ha! I just realized you meant Panang sauce out the nose, not her outfit. Hehehehee

    • Anna

      Most definitely the, “Female Empowerment/let’s get serious for a moment, y’all” portion of the show. Love the kleenex shoved into the plant holder underneath the water bottle.

    • Constant Reader

      The same thing happened to me, but it was pasta salad and therefore less painful.

    • imspinningaround

      That one is Valentino!! Can you even believe it?

      • ankali

        Interesting, that was in fact the only one of these looks that I thought might be real couture.

    • Kent Roby

      That Panang sauce just became Panda Expressed!

  • Jennifer Bober

    They’re great, fun pieces, but I have to admit, I’m about the music, not the show. Of course, as a musician, that’s not surprising.

  • NinjaCate

    I like most of these. Except that sunflower thing. That offends me.

  • rage_on_the_page

    So 90s.

  • somebody blonde

    Those lavender thigh-highs are FAB. I find myself coveting them. Otherwise, I pretty much love everything. I love her crazy outfits.

  • decormaven

    They’re all kinda Sesame Street on Acid, but she’s having a good time. Those lilac lace up boots must have a hidden zipper- no way they could be changed in the quick minutes between sets.

  • gitchygitchymama

    Annoyingly vapid Katy suffers from Barbie Issues, Christian guilt along w/ a solid side of the Madonna complex.
    Why do all of today’s pop stars have to look like men in drag in order to get their art on?

  • shuaib

    The show looks like fun but that sunflower mic is gorgeous.

    • alyce1213

      I have no need for one, but now I want a sunflower mic.

  • tallgirl1204

    Please God, let there be an unconventional-materials-katie-perry-stage-wear challenge in the next Project Runway. That said, did anyone else hear Nina’s voice critiquing? I’m thinking the body suit with the orange raincoat would have been the winner, and I choose the palm frond bra and mini-skirt for the Auf.

  • BlairBear

    I think it is kind of cool how she wears shoes with low and thick enough heels that she can actually dance in them. Yeah the clothes are seizure inducing but that is the point

    • SuzBald

      I completely agree – refreshing!

  • Betsy

    It’s like Willie Wonka got sick in the Candyland Forest and threw up a big bag of delicious rainbow gummy worms! Basically, this means that it is all kinds of perfect for Katy Perry. It’s fun and non-sensical but I can’t help but be enamored by the whimsy.

  • crash1212

    Those lace up lavender boots though.

  • VicD

    Does she do all of these changes in one show? Now I’m exhausted too.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    Does she have a 20 minute break in between each number so that she can do a costume/wig/makeup change? That must be exhausting. I guess I can’t judge: I paid $75 to watch U2 come out of a giant bejeweled lemon in 1997.
    Also, this must have been one hell of a performance of “Cats”.

    • Lori

      I don’t understand all the costume changes either. How does that not totally kill the momentum of the show? Coming out of a bejeweled lemon once, or having a costume change before the encore is one thing. Putting on a one-woman insane fashion show during what is theoretically a concert seems like another. I don’t care if this makes me a grumpy old lady, I’m not paying over $100 to spend half the evening looking at whatever place-holder folderol they have going while she changes clothes again and again.

      • I assume she has a team backstage precision trained to rip off her clothes and get the next outfit on in approximately the time it takes for an Indy car to have its tires changed mid-race.

        I’m more wondering how many duplicates they have of each outfit. You have to figure at least three: one to wear, one at the cleaners and a back-up set in case she tears or stains one of the outfits mid-concert.

        • Lori

          Even with practice and outfits designed to be changed quickly, the changes can’t be fast enough not to have the on-stage equivalent of dead air. Every time she’s off stage the energy built up to that point drops, unless her fans are as or more interested in the clothes as they are in her performance. I guess that must be true, but that’s not why I go to concerts.

      • sweetestsith

        From watching the “documentary” (I’m so sure) Katy does a lot of the costume changes right on stage as part of the choreography. Sometimes while singing, sometimes while the chorus is going.

        Lady Gaga didn’t have as many costume changes, but she pretty much
        walked behind various items on stage and came out looking completely
        different while singing (10-30 seconds most of the time, I was truly
        impressed). I imagine it’s similar for Katy. Nothing like a rock
        concert, but fast enough to keep up the momentum during a pop show.

      • The two concerts I have been to in the last year were Taylor Swift & Bruce Springsteen. One had a costume change between every single song, one played for 2 1/2 hours without a break. Guess which one I would pay to see again?! As you say, totally kills the momentum of the show. Even when it was just a 90 second turnaround, it was a lot of stopping and starting.

        • Lori

          Bruuuuuce!

        • sojourneryouth

          After every song? Seriously? I would have been suuuuper annoyed by that, but then, I’d never see TS unless the tickets were free.
          Scratch that.
          She’d have to pay ME.

          • … yeah, I didn’t pay for the ticket to that one!

            There were a couple that were pretty much just ripping a skirt off, but mostly she left the stage.

  • Anna

    Needs the shoulder cats.

  • alyce1213

    Sure, it’s ludicrous but it’s exactly where it belongs — on a pop music stage. Actually, I prefer the fun of the cartoons to the artsy pretensions of Gaga with her hobbling footwear and costumes.

  • SewingSiren

    You really get your moneys worth with this one. Even the nose bleeds.

  • clatie

    Some of the last few slides remind me of Jean Paul Goude’s video for Grace Jones “Slave to the Rhythm”. The big black and white gown especially.

    • Imasewsure

      I love you for this… Grace Jones! Squeeeeeee!!

    • FibonacciSequins

      Pull up to the bumper baby!

    • decormaven

      Yes indeedy. She should have “homage to Grace Jones” embroidered on the hem of that garment.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I guess it’s working for her. I don’t like musical theater, so this leaves me cold.

  • Cyprienne Zed

    I never thought I would say this, but: I really enjoy the cat parade.

  • Sarah

    This day is getting better, now that I’ve seen a person with a cat face and a sardine tin hat.

  • Cheryl

    I like the humour in these costumes. Why shouldn’t stage wear be fun and yes funny. I bet she even giggles when she sees the initial designs. The shoes to go with the kitty cat outfit especially crack me up. She has paws!

  • appliquer

    The concert tickets must cost a fortune.

  • robin-m

    Fabulous. I love that she looks like a grown-ass woman who very occasionally has a cheeseburger. She looks healthy, confident and very well costumed.

    • @Biting Panda

      I was appreciating her body too.

    • random_poster

      She has that athletic tone that comes from putting a lot of work into conditioning.

  • Danielle

    I have tickets to see her show in October. Not even ashamed.

    • mshesterp

      Girl, I’m jealous. I bet that show would be HELLA fun, but I don’t think I can find a friend to go with me. I unabashedly love Katy Perry, and all her music (and high sense of camp and theatre in her fashion). She’s a breath of fresh air to me.

      • Danielle

        I’m really lucky my best friend enjoys camp and pop music as much as I do, or else my husband would be the unlucky +1.

  • Imasewsure

    Eh she’s fun and after endless (and tedious) GaGa parades, I don’t mind the fun

  • Belvane

    I kind of love all this. Especially the pink catsuit, with the cat-paw booties!

  • imspinningaround

    I know the hippie chick butterfly gown is custom Valentino (they posted it on their instagram). Some of the others look like Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gautier.

  • The birthday cake crotch on that first costume has my attention riveted. I’m not sure that’s a good thing. But I like her commitment to fun on stage. I’d see her concert just for the costumes!

  • Latin Buddy

    To be fair, one of her first videos consisted of a cupcake inspired bra. I don’t think she’s just now becoming cartoonish. Could be worse, give me cartoon than desperate vomiting on stage to get attention (looking at you Gaga and your “art”)

    • demidaemon

      It makes a lot more sense. And there has always been this sense of camp in her videos and performances–see “I Kissed a Girl” and the one where she dresses up like a nerd.

  • I need that pink cat suit. Neeeeed.

    Also? Balloons trump a flying hotdog every day of the week.

  • Around the green wig I stopped looking at the costumes and started copying the photos to show my hairdresser. The cut, not the color.

  • braisin

    Some of these outfits look like she’s cosplaying from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    Stunning! Miss Perry ought to send Bette Midler, The Divine Miss M, a thank you bouquet.

    • boweryboy

      And add a thank you note to Grace Jones and a moment of silence for Leigh Bowery while she’s at it.

    • decormaven

      Clams on the Half Shell!

  • Kim Elmore

    awesome

  • Constant Reader

    The outfits are all [Something] Barbie: Laugh-In Barbie, Star Trek Barbie, Cats Barbie (wearable cat crate included), Tropical Barbie, 90s Hip-Hop Barbie, 90s Folk Singer Barbie (comes with her own plastic guitar and sunflower microphone), Egyptian Barbie (comes with plastic Dream Horse), Spiritual Giant Tao Barbie, Purple Sparkle Gown Barbie. Collect the set!

    • Sarah

      “Spiritual Giant Tao Barbie” FTW!

      • Constant Reader

        Aw shucks, thanks!

  • Style Supplement

    In Miley’s world, this is what nuns would wear 😀

  • Joanna

    I love each and every one of these. It’s a show, and she sure knows how to put one on!

  • Daisy Walker

    Love the bright colors. I bet you can see her from the last row. A few are the color of old bras*. I don’t what.

    *My fave TLOism

  • Sarah

    I don’t know how I missed it the first time, but on further reflection, I must say I’m alarmed by the HUGE T & A MUMMIES. Maybe you had to be there…

    • Carol

      Those stunned me so much I hardly even noticed what Katy was wearing, which can’t have been the intention.

    • demidaemon

      I am frightened by them. It’s like Nicki Minaj cloned herself and then the clones were subsequently mummified. No bueno for my brain.

    • kimmeister

      Oh wow, I didn’t even see them at all until I went up and looked again. I was too busy noticing the stark line where her hair color changes, and the outfit without the loin covering.

      • Sarah

        Me either! I was just looking at her outfits, too. Then I went back and looked again, and found out the pics are plenty interesting without looking at KP at all.

  • GenieinTX

    I love those pink Mary Jane type shoes in the first set. WANT! And yes, I would totally wear them to work. Conservative black skirt, bright pink mary janes.

  • The cat lady in me would like that oversized cat gym set for my basement.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    I sort of really love the tacky-ass plastic trench. Also, that humongous ying-yang Grave Jones-esque dress is DIVINE.

  • Claire

    Cat-astic!!

  • rgv

    Made me long for the next Adele album.

  • Sarah

    The smiley faces on her breasts are a little on the nose.

    • ankali

      Those bore me. The cupcake on her crotch, on the other hand, actively annoys me.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    LOL. “We’re exhausted.” Me, too.

  • B_C_J

    That’s a lot of costume changes.

  • MoHub

    Will be seeing Jimmy Buffett in August. Looking forward to a teeshirt, Bermuda shorts, and flip-flops.

    And—oh yes!—actual music!

  • rkdgal

    Does she wear these all in one performance? How does that even work?!? (And I say that as someone who’s done community theater with multiple costume and wig changes…) What’s going on onstage while she’s changing, and how many damn dressers does that take? Wowza.

  • JynxTheCat

    If you can’t sing with sensation…dazzle them with dipshittery.

  • The Versatile Chef

    That’s a lot of costume changes. When does she have time to sing?

    • MoHub

      Sing?

  • Deb Oswald

    LOVE this!!!

  • DamiaRain

    I think my cat would happily kill someone to have that “cat tree” in our home – he’d think it’s just the right size for him to lounge (he’s a big boy! 🙂

  • BendinIntheWind

    I really hate the green hair, and several of these outfits look like my Trapper Keeper barfed on her. In 1995.

  • I…kind of want all of them. But especially the glittery backup dancers’ dresses in the first set.

  • grasso

    I kind of love the giant fish bone that emulates a coat. Genius.

  • Call me Bee

    Ugh. This is why she appeals to no one but 7 year old girls.

    • PastryGoddess

      and 15 year old boys

  • Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats?

  • Anathema_Device

    LOL I got about 2/3 through these pictures and said aloud to my computer, “Jesus, I’m exhausted.”

    • random_poster

      I found myself craving some white space to rest my eyes.

  • Arjay Gallo

    I stopped caring at the start but kept going because I wanted to see if her culturally appropriative Egyptian costume and big booty mummies were in here.

    • ankali

      The mummies are problematic.

  • Janet B

    When I used to see concerts live, I was just happy to hear live music. Elton John must have changed outfits and Freddy Mercury probably did, but I mostly remember the music.

  • madge

    wow, i wonder how much of the show is “show” and how much is people standing around waiting for katy to pop on a new wig/catsuit? this is the reason i’ve resisted going to see beyonce live … seems like it’d be more akin to attending a football game (60 minutes of play takes 3+) hours.

    (but i do think some of these are totally awesome looking)

  • This actually looks like a lot of fun. — Except, whoa, what’s up with the mummies with the exaggerated curves…

  • LeelaST

    Ludicrously OTT…can’t get beyond the smiley-face boobs & big booty mummies. Judging by her joyless performance beamed in to the Billboard awards, these costumes are the one bright note.

  • boweryboy

    The mummies are my favorite.

  • jilly_d

    some of these are pretty cool but can you imagine dancing around under all those stage lights in a PLASTIC TRENCH COAT?? Ugh.

  • conniemd

    I’m exhausted too, but they are beautiful costumes. How often does she change?

  • I unabashedly love Katy Perry. She is by far the most mainstream artist that I listen to, but there’s something so perfectly crafted about everything that she does that I can’t help but love her. I feel a bit guilty about that sometimes, because she’s not the most racially sensitive person out there (the geisha costume she wore a while back… yikes), but she just never seems like she means any harm. Her boobs are smiling at us! Come on!

  • Pablo

    Jesus Christ, how many times does she change outfits? The sad thing is there’s not a single look I like.

  • GorgeousThings

    Mother Ginger!

  • Noah

    Acid’s a helluva drug.

  • StacyLC

    THIS is what happens when you come to the Grammys dressed like a slutty Halloween fairy and Gaga comes in a damn egg.

    I admire her dedication. She thinks of a theme and COMMITS, dammit. For two minutes.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Color coordinated microphones!!!! bonus points!

  • Synnae

    She and her show look like a LOT of bubblegum fun. And the costumes are very detailed, just noted the kitty-paw shaped booties to go with her pink cat suit.

  • alyce1213

    Thank you for that article. I love to read about stuff like that.

  • MK03

    Jellicle Cats meet once a year, at the Jellicle Ball where we all rejoice

  • Leah Elzinga

    gotta say, this looks like a SHOW.

  • demidaemon

    The cats and the mummies are nightmare level. Who ever wanted to see a Nicki Minaj mummy? Not I.

    The guy in the pharaoh BDSM outfit though–YUM.

    • Anna

      I’m with you on the BDSM pharoah, thanks for pointing him out! He reminds me of a guy who works out my gym *sigh*

      • demidaemon

        LUCKY.

        • Anna

          The eye candy is certainly motivating. Especially yesterday during the first legitimately hot/summer-like day we’ve had so far and the air conditioning just happened to be out of order and he was also there.

          • demidaemon

            *See above.*

    • Jacob Bowen

      Nicki Minaj mummy was my thought EXACTLY!

  • d4divine

    Is her fan base all ten year old or younger girls? More! More! Glitter! Gawdy! More!

    • random_poster

      Yup. My daughter and her friends were 10 when her movie came out, and they all were dying to see it. None of them are as infatuated with her now, but they do mostly like her music.

  • anneshirley

    I feel old.

  • Beardslee

    Wow. Exhausting is right. I’m glad I’m from generation that doesn’t expect as much stimulation.
    I had a great uncle who was an opera singer who sang lead tenor. He said he would lose five pounds in every performance – and something tells me that his costume changes weren’t so often and the production wasn’t so frenzied.
    Still, good for her. Looks as though she gives value for money.

    • kimmeister

      Sounds like I need to take up singing opera!

  • sleepycat

    As a former theatre nerd (still like musicals and such, just major issues with participating in the behind the scenes, that and I have moved on to other things), all I could think of the cat costumes was Cats.

    Love her costumes. Given what I have seen of Lady Gaga’s tour, these actually look well made and more money spent. #donewithgaga

  • kimmeister

    Yes, Katy, we see that you have spectacular boobs.

  • nycfan

    OK, serious question from a person who has only ever attended the sort of rock concerts that involve the same people standing on stage in a club for a few hours with a few mega stadium shows tossed in, and open air music festivals, i.e., some one who has never attended the sort of performance art that appears to be part of a Madonna or Katy Perry extravaganza: how long do these costume changes take? Are kids sitting around between each song playing on their phones or is there some sort of stage show to keep the crowd warm while the diva changes into another insane costume?

    • MarieLD

      Good question. When I was a teen (and I’m not that old, I just like him), I saw Arlo Guthrie perform at the theater “in the round” — I wonder how these performers would change their clothes when there is no back of the stage.

    • Jacob Bowen

      The changes aren’t as often as you think and they don’t take very long. Lady Gaga’s longest change may have been a minute or two and her instrumentalists were still playing. And that was for a RIDICULOUS costume change, into a giant dress that once you saw you understood. The other changes may have been 30-40 seconds.

      • nycfan

        huh? Wow, that must be exhausting for the performer. How do they have the breath to sing what with all the dancing and pit-stop quality costume changes?

        • Jacob Bowen

          It is a TON of tear away clothing with velcro. She sang through most of the changes and the cool thing was my seats allowed me to see a few of the lesser hidden changes where she was often pulling outfits over others or just changing wigs/accessories. She was in INCREDIBLE shape when I saw her the first time because I know there would be ZERO chance I would have been able to dance/sing/change at the same time. My favorite was the change where she dropped down into the floor on a trap door and after 20 seconds was SPRUNG into the air in a new outfit (and of COURSE the hooves she wears) a good few feet into the air, during which she continued singing and upon landing, she continued to dance. It was perfection.

  • vitaminC

    GIANT CAT CONDO. That is all.

  • unbornfawn

    Awesome costuming.

  • Kristin

    Katy Perry is an incredibly hard worker and a consummate professional (I have a friend who works for her, so I know.) So it kinda bugs to come on here and see folks in the comments be dismissive of her just because her music isn’t their taste. But whatever, y’all.

    I’m not crazy about the cultural appropriation in the Egyptian costume in particular, but I love how fun these all are. I can’t choose between the fireworks one and the plastic neon green leaf skirt.

  • alliekat9090

    Very nice. But I’m still not payin’ over $100.00 to watch some girl lip synch & play dress up .

  • nannypoo

    I feel sorry for her backup singers. They have to wear those outrageous costumes and they don’t get any recognition. Katy at least is famous for it.

    • Gloriana Reginata

      I was thinking the other way: at least when they have to dress up in something so ridiculous, they know the headline attraction is wearing something equally as silly, if not more so.

  • Oh goodie. I’m seeing her in September (I have a nine year old) and was worried she might have started taking herself seriously. Instead I shall LUXURIATE in the ridiculous….

  • CommentsByKatie

    I used to LOVE everything that she did; the dress made of candy, the dress made of fruit, the whipped cream bra, everything about her first album and the tour. However, I have DISLIKED almost everything she has worn, every stage costume, and every song, from Prism. I don’t get what changed, but I’m sad about it 🙁

  • smayper

    I was having fun until I got to the huge butt and boobs women in the Egyptian piece. Brought me back to Miley, and made me ill. Why is this thought to be funny or entertaining?

  • teensmom99

    To belabor the obvious, I’d rather look at these costumes than at Miley’s any day.

  • FridaStaire

    I love that she wears sensible stage heels!

  • DesertDweller79

    The Cats costumes made me giggle uncontrollably.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Katy Perry: drag queen.

    For some reason, the sunflower mic tickles me. I think I want it.

  • Trickytrisha

    Thank god for no raunchy bodysuits, a la Beyonce, Britney, Xtina.

  • save_the_hobbit

    This…kind of makes me want to go see her shows now.

  • rebeemoon

    This is all in one show?

  • LadyVimes

    And feel the magic mushrooms slowly wash over your senses…

  • understateddiva

    She has a gorgeous body but Granny panties with thigh-high boots do not flatter it.

  • marlie

    Wild and crazy and perfectly Katy. And I mean that in the best possible way.

  • uprightcitizen

    Most are oddly unflattering, and awfully busy for stage costumes, but that Josie and the Pussycats number (sans cage/coat) is awesome because it brought back a part of my childhood I had forgotten.

  • smh4748

    I think the sequined birthday cake on her hoo-ha is about the classiest thing I have ever seen! Miley is weeping with envy over that one, you just know it.

    That said, this is an insane amount of costumes. I have to give her a hand for that. I can’t imagine trying all of these on once, let alone going through this routine for weeks on end.

  • prettybigkitty

    Does she sing? Or just change costumes?

  • Shawn EH

    I love the pink cat, and wish the Egyptian one was just more fabulous. Also the orange Blade Runner raincoat!

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Omg yes very exhausted after this mega scroll down…

  • Fuchsiaforever

    She’s like a “one-woman-Cirque du Soleil”.

    LOL

  • … Scrolling through this images, all I keep thinking is “Oh god, we live in The City from Transmetropolitan.” Over and over again.

  • CatLady

    Her backup dancers in the first couple of shots remind me of the Powerpuff Girls!

  • formerlyAnon

    Bless. I’m thinking she’s trying to one-woman out-“Oh, why the hell not?” the Brits’ Olympic ceremonies several years back. Didn’t, of course, but a damn good and apparently entertaining try, Ms. Perry!

  • Andrea Lentz

    I love seeing tour costumes! I love the whole cat outfit with the giant kitty cat condos hahaha

  • decormaven

    Thanks so much for that link. Footwear must be so important- who can act and move gracefully if the shoes aren’t fitted correctly?

  • Ohhhh, she lost me with the mummies. Those scream “hottentot venus” to me, and that’s not a good thing.

  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    I don’t know why, but all of this nonsense is so refreshing in a way. It’s just straight up silliness. I loved it.

  • altermyego

    She put a lot of time and energy putting all of this together for her fans and I’ve got to give her props for that.
    BUTT (pun intended), what the hell is going on with the back up dancers in the pic where she is wearing the purple Egyptian outfit without the fringe. The pic right before the huge yin/yang skirt. That’s some crazy ass outfits (again, pun intended).

  • luluransom

    When does she have time to sing?

  • cocohall

    God Bless her! I love all of this. I would never go to her concert because singing live is just not in her wheelhouse, but I admire her for giving her audience a visual spectacle and a good time. It’s like a Pop Circus. Why not?

  • TLJezebel

    Is this all from one show? Must be lots of filler in between songs to allow for costume changes.

  • enuma

    If only those stagewear crafting abilities had been used for good instead of evil.

  • suzq

    It’s full employment for stage costumers. I say, “Hooray!”

  • Ann VerWiebe

    And, most of it in heels! Bieber goes out on stage in baggy jeans and Air Jordan’s and he thinks he’s working!

  • Good god, are all these for one show? Also, I’d like to have the iridescent microphone stand in photo 5 when her tour is over, thanks.

  • Judy_J

    What’s not to like about smiley face boobs? And she’s channeling Josie & The Pussycats in that pink leopard print jumpsuit. Her wardrobe person(s) should get combat pay.

  • alexandra116

    This 90s revival is killing me! The smiley faces and yin & yang symbol and peace signs. The middle school flashbacks are painfully strong

  • ModernDowager

    I like the back-up dancer cat with the sardine can on her head

  • Kane

    Smiley-faces, peace signs, yin-yang symbols, butterflies, sunflowers, kittycats–all in Day-Glo colors. It’s a Lisa Frank sticker book in concert.

  • siriuslover

    Just realized my comment with the linked picture was removed, so here’s just the comment: I like the 6th picture down because she reminds me of old-school Josie and the Pussycats cartoons, and for that she gets a win from me!