Costumes need to be perfect in live concerts: Falguni & Shane Peacock

Having clothed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock talk about what it takes to dress a songstress.

Written by Kimi Dangor | Updated: June 9, 2014 12:33:20 pm
Designers Falguni and Shane Peacock; Jennifer Lopez in their creation at the Billboard Music Awards 2014. Designers Falguni and Shane Peacock; Jennifer Lopez in their creation at the Billboard Music Awards 2014.

At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas on May 18, international singing sensation Jennifer Lopez took to the stage to perform We are one, dressed in a shimmering gold-fringed outfit. Days later, at the Kiss Concert 2014, Lopez gyrated on stage in a purple metallic fringed number as she performed her hit single On the floor. While some international publications said she channelled Tina Turner, she definitely owed some share of her sizzle to the Falguni & Shane Peacock (FSP) ensembles she donned on both occasions, and not for the first time either. The Jenny from the block singer has worn similar fringed and tasseled numbers by Mumbai-based designers Falguni and Shane before and they seem to be a staple in her style arsenal. “We always love working with JLo and her team. They always welcome innovation. After the first time we dressed her for her American Idol performance, she trusts us to design something sexy and fierce that matches her style sensibility,” says Falguni.

But Lopez is just one in a long line of pop stars the duo has clothed for red carpet appearances, stage performances and music videos. With a client-list covering most of the pop princess pantheon — from Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna to Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Fergie and Nicole Scherzinger — the Peacocks are fast acquiring a reputation for dressing songstresses.

While the trademark FSP style, replete with glamour, animal prints, feathers, crystals and studs, makes quite an edgy statement, when it comes to creating outfits for performances, comfort is key, they insist. “That’s why there is a lot of flow and movement in the outfits. Also, it is important to see how the outfit will look under the lights, whether the colours will go with the concept of the show,” she says.

In comparison to styling music videos, designing stage outfits pose the bigger challenge, they say. “In live performances, there is no retake or second chance. If a crystal falls off from a costume during a music video, it is fine. But when it comes to a live concert, everything needs to be just perfect,” says Falguni.

This story appeared in print with the headline Rock Chic

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