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Katy Perry lights up inauguration TV special in all-white Thom Browne outfit

Published 21st January 2021
TOPSHOT - Singer Katy Perry (foreground) performs in front of a firework display during the "Celebrating America" event at the Lincoln Memorial after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, DC, January 20, 2021. (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Katy Perry lights up inauguration TV special in all-white Thom Browne outfit
Written by Oscar Holland, CNN
Katy Perry capped off President Joe Biden's inauguration in style, belting out "Firework" in a collection of chic separates by New York designer Thom Browne.
The "Never Worn White" singer wore all-white as she closed out a star-studded primetime special, which was hosted by Tom Hanks and had earlier starred performances by Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and John Legend.
Perry's outfit comprised a cashmere coat with a corset and floor length skirt, both made from silk satin. She completed the look with deep red lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped diamond earrings.
Against a backdrop of fireworks in the skies over the Capitol, the star's white ensemble -- and signature blonde crop of hair -- offered something subtler than the dramatic, exaggerated looks she often sports on red carpets and at high-profile performances like the Superbowl halftime show.
Her choice of color seemingly channeled the symbolism of purity and the suffrage movement, while the red and blue buttons on her skirt and sleeves, respectively, made a delicate nod to the American flag.
Speaking via a label spokesperson, Browne said that Perry looked "sophisticated" and "understated."
"I wanted her overwhelming talent to be the focus," he said adding that it was "such an honor to be a small part of this extraordinary day."
Katy Perry performs at the "Celebrating America" primetime special in an outfit by Thom Browne and heart-shaped earrings by Rahaminov Diamonds.
Katy Perry performs at the "Celebrating America" primetime special in an outfit by Thom Browne and heart-shaped earrings by Rahaminov Diamonds. Credit: Biden Inaugural Committee/Getty Images
Perry has been seen in Browne's creations before, most memorably in 2013, when she wore a strapless dress with embroidered roses to the launch of her fragrance, Killer Queen.
But Perry wasn't the only inauguration attendee dressed by the in-demand designer. On Tuesday, Kamala Harris' stepdaughter Ella Emhoff posed for a picture at the Capitol in a preppy look by Browne. Pairing an Oxford shirt and tie with a double-breasted coat, she too alluded to American flag colors with a pleated red, white and blue skirt.