At Sunday night’s show, Katy Perry plucked her ensemble straight from the archives, mimicking Britney Spears’s patchwork denim gown from the 2001 awards. A denim-suited Riff Raff was in tow — yup, the guy who inspired James Franco’s role in “Spring Breakers” — creating a near carbon-copy of Spears’s and Justin Timberlake’s iconic ensembles, also known as the ‘double denim-on-denim’ or ‘matching denim tuxedos.’
Perry hinted at the stunt on Twitter after complimenting Spears on a Woody Woodpecker impression. Spears, in turn, challenged Perry to do an impression of her own.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 23, 2014
Of course the Versace outfits were also intended to promote the duo’s new remix of Perry’s song, “This is how we do.” And if success these days is based on reactions on Twitter, then mission accomplished.
I must admit my outfit is a result of my love for nostalgia and my tumblr addiction #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2014
However, for people who idolized (or detested) the first incarnation, the jean get-ups were not exactly a welcome wave of nostalgia. But Perry’s trip back in time forced our hand. So here’s a look at other memorable outfits that should stay locked in the vault:
Pamela Anderson was a little ahead of her time in 1999 with an over-sized fuzzy hat that would have fit right in with Marc Jacobs’s fall 2012 show for Louis Vuitton.
Though Perry’s denim gown was clear self-promotion, nothing can top Macy Gray’s Macy Gray’s billboard of a dress in 2001.
Remember Destiny’s Child in their matching days? We do too, though Beyoncé did a great job of putting it out of our memory during her near-20-minute performance.
Christina Aguilera had more than her fair share of regrettable moments on the VMA red carpet, including one micro mini can-you-even-call-that-a-skirt in 2002.
Which made Paris Hilton’s 2003 turquoise fabric scraps look like real clothing.
Nicki Minaj got a little carried away with a glue gun in 2011.
And of course, Miley Cyrus’s 2013 teddy bear onesie.
All looks for the VMA history books.
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