Grace Jones’ Costume Orgy at the Hollywood Bowl

Grace Jones played the Hollywood Bowl last night for the first time in 20 years as part of KCRW’s World Festival, and the altogether impression left was nothing if not unforgettable. At 61, and soon to release her 10th studio album, titled Hurricane, the Jamaican-born musician can shake, croon, and pull off over-the-top costumes better than nearly any other performer working today. Jones, a former model and muse to (former lover) photographer and stylist Jean-Paul Goude after Of Montreal took the stage, whose performance last night (which included a cameo from style maven Janelle Monae and an onstage engagement for the band’s keyboardist) was also one for the books. But back to Jones; to put it simply, her onstage ensembles could put Lady Gaga to shame.

The handiwork of costume designer Eiko Ishioka, Jones’ sartorial repertoire included a costume change for nearly ever song (of which there were close to 10 — Jones was cut off prematurely by curfew). The range of ensembles include a body-con zebra jumpsuit topped off with a six-foot white wig, enormous sparkling pouf pants, a fierce oversized-shouldered gown with a 10-foot sheer train (for “Hurricane,” of course) and a truly breathtaking Issey Miyake-esque red creation that included countless pleats in the front, revealed at the end of “La Vie En Rose” to be entirely backless save for a red g-string. In other words, the kind of avant-garde fashion you likely won’t see anywhere else, nor on anyone else who can wear it as well as Jones.

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