Monday, June 13, 2011

Rihanna's Tour Costumes Explained

Rihanna's stylist (Mel Ottenburg) explains her tour costumes via The Cut.

Mel Ottenberg: “I was thinking of a Fiorucci rave goddess. The bikini is an insane asylum. I wanted to use Tom Binns jewelry, but then I thought, Let’s have him collaborate on an outfit. And Tom was game. Adam Selman made the bra and panties. We fit it four times on Rihanna to make it fit in that incredible way that hugs her curves. Once the fittings were completed we gave it to Tom to paint. When you see that thing in person it’s the most incredible fucking thing."

Mel Ottenberg: "This is so twisted. Chris Benz knows where to get feathers. There's another one even stupider getting shipped to the tour today! Adam is all about denim and bandannas so he made super-sick denim bandanna hot pants for her. They are super high-waisted, and they have holes and patches all over them. And he made that big stupid bow."

Mel Ottenberg: "Jeremy Scott's gold collection was early in his career, his second show in Paris, and super controversial. People said he'd never work again afterwards. So I said, lets do an all-gold outfit that references that show. I showed the pictures of that show to Rihanna, and she loved them."

Mel Ottenberg: "The white booties she is in are scandalous. How major are those slutty scandalous costumes threeasfour did on the backup dancers? It was entertaining to make them work on that!"

Mel Ottenberg: "Jeremy came up with that idea, and the way he realized it was super great with really lightweight dog tags. The backup dancers we just styled it from the Army Navy store."

Mel Ottenberg: "This is the slow jams part of the show, but we wanted it to still be rock 'n' roll. I designed the boots, and Pasquale made them. He is a shoe god. A genius of shoes. We did brown because there was so much black in the S&M portion. Adam and I designed the dress and worked with Nicolas Caito, who does custom gowns. That dress works for dramatic slow songs, but it looks like Donna Summer as a rock star."

1 comment:

  1. Two of the drawings of Rihanna shown here (the dog-tag dress and the gold onesie) were drawn by me, Bryan Hollingsworth. You can view larger images of my Rihanna artwork and lots of my other art at my website
    So glad you re-posted these!!! =)