Katy Perry Turned to Vivienne Westwood for Her Royal Salute of a Coronation Outfit
There were notably few celebrities among the 2,000-strong congregation at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, and those who did attend the coronation were largely dames—think Emma Thompson and Joanna Lumley. One notable exception: Katy Perry, who arrived at the ceremony with British Vogue’s Edward Enninful ahead of her performance at the Coronation Concert on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Sunday, May 7. In addition to being engaged to Kent-born Orlando Bloom, Perry has previously worked with the King via the British-Asian Trust, a charity established by Charles during his years as the Prince of Wales.
For the royal occasion, Perry turned to Vivienne Westwood’s ateliers to create a short-sleeved lilac jacket and matching skirt using a soft leatherette taken from the house archives. A silk flower pinned to her lapel and a dramatic headpiece with “merry widow veiling” added a touch of British eccentricity to the ensemble, which the “Teenage Dream” singer completed with Vivienne Westwood’s Granny Frame Pearl handbag, elbow-length gloves, and a Three Row Pearl Bas Relief choker.
Purple is, of course, a color that’s been associated with royalty since ancient times; it’s no accident that the velvet lining of St Edward’s Crown, the Imperial State Crown, and Queen Mary’s Crown are all dyed the same distinctive shade, with Queen Elizabeth II making purple the official color of her 1953 Coronation. Perry’s pale pastel take on the regal hue, though, felt like a subtle nod to the occasion without ruffling the feathers of royal apologists or wholly compromising the kitschy-ness that the Grammy winner is known for. Here’s hoping for a similarly glamorous look at tomorrow’s concert.
Originally Appeared on Vogue
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