Katy Perry Shares the Stories Behind Her Most Dazzling Red Carpet Looks from the Past Decade

"I see a combination of fun and fearlessness," the pop superstar, brand owner and and American Idol judge tells PEOPLE when looking back at her most memorable red carpet fashion moments

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2012 Grammys

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Perry wanted "to put my rock star spin" on this "classic" Elie Saab Couture gown for the Grammys. "I think my blue hair did just that," she tells PEOPLE.

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2013 Grammys

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Back at the Grammys, she channeled Priscilla Presley in Gucci, which she tailored to be "more formfitting."

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2013 Met Gala

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"I loved the religious iconography," Perry says of this Dolce & Gabbana design worn to the Met Gala. "It made me feel like Joan of Arc."

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2014 VMAs

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This Britney Spears-inspired denim Versace show- stopper —worn to the VMAs with a wig! — was a "real TBT moment— so iconic."

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2016 amfAR Gala

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"I felt like the red-girl dancing emoji," Perry says of this scarlet Marchesa gown she wore to the amfAR Cannes Gala.

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2018 amfAR Gala

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"My mother called me Feather, that's one of her nick- names," so this Alexis Mabille creation (for the amfAR Gala) felt "fabulous and special."

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2019 Grammys

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This sculptural Balmain design became an instant meme from the Grammys red carpet. "I was a piece of art!"

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2019 Jingle Ball

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"It had a front pocket so I could hide my little kangaroo," Perry says of concealing her pregnancy at Jingle Ball in a playful Khoon Hooi dress.

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2021 Variety Power of Women

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Perry felt like "royalty" in this Schiaparelli Couture gown worn to the Variety Power of Women event. "It's over the top but still beautiful."

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2022 CMA Awards

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The pop diva wanted to "dip her toe in the country world," wearing a brown pleather Vivienne Westwood design to the CMA Awards.

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