Katy Perry is a household name and one of the most recognizable stars in the world. She has released chart-topping singles, performed in several countries and won a plethora of awards. Her dating life is often in the headlines and makes news all over the world. She is one of the most followed celebs on Instagram and is one of the most influential. She is also known as a fashion icon with a unique sense of style. She is known for incorporating humour and food themes into her outfits. She can also rock a stunning dress better than most celebs.
Katy is also known for being a trendsetter that is always evolving. Her image, style and look are constantly changing. She is often ahead of the curve and has been that way since she first started blowing up. Her hairstyle has evolved over the years and changed in drastic ways. She is one of the few celebs that have been able to change with the times. Over the years her music and fashion sense has matured but she always manages to have fun with her outfits. Here is a look at Katheryn Hudson To Katy Perry: 21 Photos That Show How The Singer's Fashion Style Has Evolved.
21 Katheryn Hudson (Already Had A Unique Fashion Style)
Katy Perry has always had a unique fashion style. She was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and early on actually pursed a career in gospel music. Her first studio album, Katy Hudson, was released on February 8, 2001 to mostly positive reviews from critics but did poorly commercially. It featured Christian Rock and dealt with her faith in God. She moved to Los Angles to pursue a career in pop music but her success certainly didn’t happen over night. She worked on an album for roughly two years before she was suddenly dropped from her label. However, as her career was slowly coming together her fashion sense was already cutting edge. Additionally, she’s been showing off her gorgeous gams for years.
20 Just The Beginning
When Katy Perry was 15 she decided to get her GED and dropped out of high school. She decided to fully commit and focus on her music career. It was a pretty rough start for her as she struggled to find a label and release her second album. She eventually had some minor success when one of her songs “Simple”, was included on the soundtrack for the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. In 2004, she attended the American Music Awards and was still relatively unknown at the time. She walked the red carpet but didn’t have photographers clamouring to take her pic. That would start in a few years. However, she still displayed a keen fashion sense in her simple green dress. It was just the beginning of the evolution of her famous style.
19 One Of The Boys
Katy’s early look and image was often compared to classic pin up models. She always shows off her unique fashion sense on the red carpet, at her concerts and music videos. She also has brought her creative outfits onto the covers of her albums. She has released numerous commercially acclaimed albums. It was with her second release that she finally broke through and became a major celebrity. One of her most memorable pics is the cover of One of the Boys. It’s a simple pic but is classic Katy Perry. The set is an old fashioned backyard with a white picket fence. Katy lounges around wearing short jean shorts, a red top and a large blue hat. Katy delivered a modern version of a sultry and sensual 1950’s pin up girl.
18 Ice Cream Dress
Katy Perry soon had her big breakthrough. She changed her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson. She had her big break with her second album, One of the Boys, which was released on June 17, 2008. Making the album was quite the struggle as it was cancelled twice and she was dropped from two different labels. It featured her first number one single “I Kissed a Girl.” It didn’t take long for fans and the media to consider her one of the most beautiful celebs. All the experts were enamoured with this bright new star. This pic highlights her curvy figure that mesmerizes audiences all over the world. At the time Elle magazine described her body “as though sketched by a teenage boy.”
17 The Classic Pin-Up Girl Dress
In 2008, Katy Perry broke out and became a rising star. Her hit single “I Kissed a Girl” was a massive success and got a ton of airplay. At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, she was no longer an unknown and had all the attention. She didn’t fail to impress and was regarded as one of the best dressed by the end of the night. She was nominated for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. She didn’t win any awards but ended up being the big winner on the fashion side. It’s no secret that Katy is a big fan of vintage clothing and went with the classic pin-up girl look. Her early look was often compared to Betty Boop. Her cute little outfit would foreshadow the fashion icon she was about to become.
16 Silver Dress
In 2009, Katy Perry was starting to show the world her unique and quirky fashion sense. However, she also enjoyed showing off her sensual and steamy side. By this point the whole world had fallen in love with Perry but there was one person who hadn’t yet. Comedian Russell Brand hosted the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for the second time. Brand and Perry first met on the set of Get Him To The Greek. They would reconnect at the MTV Awards and would soon start dating. To be fair just about every person fell in love with Perry that night when they saw her in this stunning dress. She strutted her stuff in this silver metal dress down the red carpet. One year after getting married Brand and Perry divorced. Brand would prefer not to see this sizzling pic again.
15 The California Gurl
Katy Perry released her third album, Teenage Dream, on August 24, 2010. It was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. It featured the chart-topping singles “E.T.”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) and “California Gurls”. Her fashion sense and style started to evolve as her popularity grew. She started taking mores risks while also showing off her elegant side. She attended all the major awards shows and was always the center of attention. She walked the red carpet at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards wearing a sensual dress and rocked blue hair. Later, she delivered a classic performance that had everyone talking.
14 Vintage Katy In A Red Sequin Dress
In 2010, Katy Perry joined a long list of impressive entertainers on VH1’s Divas Salute The Troops. The show took place at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramer in front of a crowd of 27,000. Perry opened and closed the event with two unforgettable and stellar performances. Perry performed twice as much as any other performer on the show. She first performed in a red, white and blue outfit that impressed the crowd. However, it was her final performance that blew the audience away. She resembled the red-hot and sultry animated character Jessica Rabbit. She wore a red sequin dress with a long slit that revealed her stunning legs. She performed one of her most popular singles “Firework”, to a wild and rabid crowd. When asked about her choice of wardrobe, she said, “You know me, I love vintage.”
13 Cupcakes Top
Katy’s music videos are as innovative and unique as anything else she does. Her videos also give her the chance to wear a multitude of outfits. One of her most creative and unique music videos was for “California Gurls”. It featured two of her most famous outfits. At the end of the video, she fights off an army of gummy bears by shooting whip cream out of her bra. It was an intense scene to shoot and she noted that it was a bit difficult to move. The video also includes her most famous and imitated outfit. She wore short daisy dukes, with colourful hair and a cupcake top. Perry noted that the top was very heavy and also difficult to move in. The sizzling outfit would become one of the most popular Halloween costumes that year.
12 Smurfette Dress
As Katy’s career continued to skyrocket her fashion sense evolved more and more. She would always surprise fans and critics every time she appeared on a red carpet. She keeps everyone guessing about her outfits as they could range from hilarious to glamorous to show-stopping. Her success as a recording artist resulted in major television and movie offers pouring in. She voiced Smurfette in the 3D live-action/computer animated film The Smurfs. It was released on July 29, 2011 and also starred Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria. However, it was at the premiere in Júzcar, Spain when Katy had everyone talking. She showed up at the event wearing a tiny Smurfette dress and coloured her hair yellowish to match. Without a doubt it was one of her steamiest and shortest premier dresses.
Katy Perry is not one to shy away from taking a risk. Sometimes her outfits pay off and other times they're a letdown. The outfit she wore to the 2011 MTV Music Awards is one of her most memorable. However, it could have gone horribly wrong if it was any other celebrity. She was truly the star that year at the MTV awards. She had the most nominations (with 10) and won three awards, including Video of the Year for “Firework”. She also performed but it was her outfits that night that everyone was talking about. She wore three different outfits but it was the first that was the show-stealer. She wore an Asian inspired blue dress with a matching umbrella and pink hair on the red carpet. Not surprisingly, she was praised as the best-dressed celeb that night.
10 Peppermint Dress
Katy Perry’s live concerts have evolved over the years into an elaborate stage performance. They include extravagant sets, random fun stuff and of course, stunning and creative outfits. One of her most memorable outfits is her world famous peppermint dress. She first debuted the dress during her 2011-2013 California Dreams Tour, which was in support of the Teenage Dream album. The tour was universally praised and was regarded as one of the best concerts. It wasn’t an ordinary dress as the outfit had a special switch to make the peppermints twirl. The dress weighed 12 pounds but it never slowed her down. She opened each concert wearing the classic peppermint dress. She wowed audiences with her performance and memorable outfit all over the world. The dress is regarded as one of her most iconic outfits.
9 Film Reel Dress
In 2012, Katy Perry performed at the first Pepsi and Billboard Summer Beats in Hollywood, California. The event promoted the upcoming premier of the autobiographical documentary concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. The film focused on the end of her marriage with Russell Brand and parts of her California Dreams Tour. More than any other celebrity, Katy’s attire and outfits play a crucial role in all of her live performances. At the event, Katy showed off her fun and creative side with her cute outfit. First, she wore a popcorn dress with a film reel top and later wore tights that included chocolate bars. The performance also included her exiting a large box of popcorn. In a way, it was an evolution of her quirky sense of humor and fashion taste.
8 Highlight Of The Night
Katy Perry has shown up to several award shows wearing fun and creative outfits. That’s why everyone was so surprised when she showed up to the 54th Grammy Awards wearing a stunning sequin dress and sporting a brand new hairstyle. For several years she played with her hair colour and often changed it. At the Grammy Awards, she gave a universally praised performance and was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Firework”. However, it was her stunning performance on the red carpet that really had critics buzzing. She wore a sky blue backless appliqué Elie Saab dress with a blue hairstyle. The elegant blue dress and hairstyle made her the highlight of the red carpet. She was widely regarded as the best dressed that night on the red carpet.
7 Mint Green
Katy has been in several high profile relationships, most notably with Russell Brand. Their 2010 marriage made headlines all over the world. Perry was devastated when the marriage ended in 2011 and was even suicidal. She took a bit of a step back before jumping back into the spotlight. By 2013 she was back to stealing all the focus. She was nominated for a few awards at the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013. She didn’t walk away a big winner but photographers certainly did. She wore a stunning mint green gown that fit perfectly. She said about the dress, “I was just inspired by Priscilla Presley in the '70s—big hair, closer to God, that whole thing." Once again, she was proclaimed as one of the best dressed that night.
6 Musical Dress
When it comes to the Grammys, Katy often sticks with an elegant dress but still finds ways to have fun with it. Every year at the Grammys, Katy has more and more wardrobe changes. She has a different outfit for every moment of the night. A majority of the attention is usually on her red carpet dress. At the 56th Grammy Awards, she was only nominated in a few categories for the single “Roar”. That night she performed “Dark Horse” with Juicy J but like always, it was her red carpet gown that people were talking about. She wore a gorgeous Valentino couture gown and the bottom half of the dress had musical notes. On the red carpet she said to Ryan Seacrest, “It’s musical, for music’s biggest night.”
5 Beach Ball Dress
Katy Perry’s style has certainly evolved but she’s never lost her fun side or sense of humor. That has evolved along with her fashion sense. She displayed this at one of her most watched performances. Perry performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on February 1, 2015. It was an epic performance with an extravagant set and appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. Perry was praised for her performance and exceptional outfits. There was lots of talk about her grand entrance and fiery outfit. It was her bright and colourful beach ball sundress that left the massive audience breathless. It went with the theme of the beach for that part of the show. The show was critically acclaimed and garnered one of the largest ratings in Super Bowl history.
4 Stunning In Red
In 2016, Katy Perry took her style and image to a whole new level. She has managed to evolve without alienating her fans. She is now one of the most famous celebrities in the world and her fashion sense has become legendary. She is a trendsetter that has influenced an entire generation. Her elegant beauty and style is one of the most imitated. She was once again the talk of the town during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. She attended the 23rd amFar Cinema Against AIDS gala wearing a stunning gown that fit her curvy body perfectly. She’s had many hair colours but often returns to her natural brunette colour. However, she is always looking to change up her style and evolve again.
At the 59th Grammy Awards, Katy's outfit was once again all anyone could talk about but this time it was because of its subtle political statement. She had supported Hilary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election and hasn’t been afraid to speak her mind. As always, there was a lot of buzz about her red carpet dress but it was her stage outfit that blew everyone away. She performed the single, “Chained to the Rhythm” and was widely praised. She wore a tailored white Tom Ford pantsuit, rounded sunglasses, rocked blonde hair and Katy Perry sneakers. Additionally, she wore a Planned Parenthood pin on her lapel and an armband, which read, “persist”. At the end of her performance, the US constitution appeared behind her. It created quite the buzz on twitter and made headlines.
2 Platinum Blonde
Katy Perry always goes the extra mile to entertain her fans. Fans rave about her stellar concerts that sell out stadiums all over the world. She is currently in the middle of her Witness Tour, which is in support of her most recent album of the same name. The concert includes everything from an impromptu basketball game, Left Shark and Katy’s unique fashion sense. Her most popular outfit on the tour is her LED top, which features fun and cute images. It has quickly become one of the highlights of the concert and matches perfectly with her platinum blonde hair. She is also innovative with the incorporation of technology in her outfit. Additionally, the LED top features the lyrics to the songs she sings that night.
1 Fashion Icon
Katy Perry is known for constantly evolving her look and style. She’ll even make drastic changes that would hurt the career of any other celeb. Perry is such a fashion expert that her choices are rarely questioned, although she has had some misses. She made 2017 her year and debuted a brand new look and image. She cut her hair very short and coloured it blonde. Her new look is completely different from anything else she’s done but it evolved naturally. Along with the new look she released her latest album Witness, which came out on June 9, 2017. She wowed fans with her performance at the IHeartRadio Music awards on March 5, 2017. As always, she stole the spotlight on the red carpet. With her stylish short blonde hair she rocked a gorgeous looking jumpsuit.