The fashion this past weekend at the Grammys was a combination of fabulous hits and a few fashion misses.
And then there was Cee Lo Green. Yes, how could you forget his rainbow-inspired peacock outfit surrounded by several muppets and joined by Gwyneth Paltrow?
And now Cee Lo’s stylist Shawn Barton reveals the inspiration for the feathers. Actually, we’re kind of surprised he has a stylist, though it turns out Barton has styled for other musicians like OutKast.
Check out the highlights from Barton’s interview with EW as she chats about the performance and wardrobe:
Where did this idea come from? Was it an homage to Elton John’s performance on The Muppets Show in the ’70s?
Absolutely. Cee Lo is a huge fan of Elton John. It was an homage to Elton. Cee Lo remembered that episode on The Muppets from when he was maybe about 5 years old.
How heavy was it?
It’s the lightest outfit ever. It was a jumpsuit, Velcro-ed in the front. The wings, he put those on like you would a backpack. Then it was the chain metal-mirror headpiece. It all fit in a flat box. The heaviest thing was maybe the headpiece. I would say that weighed about 12 pounds. The reaction from people was priceless because he didn’t rehearse in the costume. Everyone else was rehearsing in their costumes, but he had on a T-shirt and flip flops. So when he walked out [in the costume], it was, “Oh damn!” He owned it. Everyone literally stopped what they were doing and cheered. It was the greatest thing ever.
How did the Muppets’ costumes come about?
I also helped with designing the costumes of the Muppets. A couple of times I had to go down to Jim Henson’s studio to see the puppets as they were being constructed. Once we had an idea of what our color was going to be, I met with Brian Henson [son of the late Jim Henson] and shared with him what we were going to be doing. I don’t know if you could see, but Piddles the dog wore a diaper. When I sent Brian a photo of the direction we were going, then he came up with the idea of doing something to copy what he was wearing. So I said, “Why don’t we do the same feathers?” I thought that was genius.
Check out more from the interview after the jump to find out her thoughts on Gwyneth's outfit and to learn which celeb was cheering from backstage.
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