Katy Perry at the 2016 amfAR Gala.
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Katy Perry's Style Evolution, From Mall Queen To Fashion Risk-Taker

No disrespect to mall queens.

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Before she was a pop superstar performing at the Super Bowl, Katy Perry was just a girl with a guitar and a dream... and a whole lot of mini dresses from the mall. The singer has come a long way in her style journey. Ahead, take a look at Perry’s dramatic fashion evolution.

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2004, BMI Pop Awards

One of her first red carpet appearances at the BMI Pop Awards in 2004.

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2005, Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Issue Party

In a floral mid-length dress to the 2005 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Issue party.

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2006, NYLON Music Issue Party

Celebrating NYLON's 2006 Music Issue in a blue ruffled dress.

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2008, VMAs

Wearing silk shorts and embellished bustier to her first VMAs in 2008.

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2009, Grammys

Wearing a pink Basil Soda gown to the 2009 Grammys.

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2009, Met Gala

For the 2009 Met Gala, she kept it relatively simple, at least compared to her future looks, in a blue gown.

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2009, VMAs

She wore a glittering silver mini dress to the 2009 VMAs.

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2010, Grammys

AT the 2010 Grammys, she wore an embellished golden gown by Zac Posen.

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2010, Met Gala

She literally lit up the 2010 Met Gala red carpet in a light-up gown by Cute Circuit.

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2010, VMAs

She wore a sheer Marchesa dress to the 2010 VMAs.

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2011, Grammys

For the 2011 Grammys, she wore a custom Armani gown with angel wings.

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2012, Grammys

Perry matched her hair with her blue gown at the 2012 Grammys.

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2012, Katy Perry: Part Of Me Premiere

At the 2012 premiere of her film, she wore a red velvet dress.

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2013, Grammys

She wore a green Gucci gown to the 2013 Grammys.

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2013, VMAs

She wore a cheetah-print Emanuel Ungaro dress to the 2013 VMAs.

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2014, Grammys

For the 2014 Grammys, she wore a tulle gown by Valentino.

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2014, VMAs

Recreating Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's denim looks, she wore all denim with Riff Raff at the 2014 VMAs.

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2015, Grammys

She wore a crystal fringe Zuhair Murad dress to the 2015 Grammys.

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2015, Met Gala

She wore a Moschino graffiti gown to the 2015 Met Gala.

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2016, Golden Globes

Wearing a pink Prada gown (and a Bump-It) to the 2016 Grammys.

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2016, Met Gala

Wearing a velvet Prada gown to the 2016 Met Gala.

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2016, amfAR Gala

Perhaps inspired by the dancing lady emoji, Perry wore a floral red gown by Marchesa to the 2016 amfAR Gala in Cannes.

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2017, Grammys

Wearing a sequin-and-feather Tom Ford gown to the 2017 Grammys.

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2017, Met Gala

She wore a red veiled Maison Margiela gown to the Met Gala in 2017.

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2017, VMAs

At the 2017 VMAs, she wore a sleek white gown by Stephane Rolland.

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2018, Met Gala

Taking her angelic Grammys look up a notch in Versace at the 2018 Met Gala.

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2019, Grammys

Wearing a pink Balmain gown to the 2019 Grammys.

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2019, Met Gala

She was a walking Moschino chandelier at the 2019 Met Gala.

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2020, American Idol Premiere

She wore a light pink sequined dress to the 2020 premiere of American Idol.

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