“Typically, I’m not that impressed with Grammy looks,” says costume designer/stylist Marko Monroe, who has spent the past year honing a statement-making aesthetic for his first-ever client, eight-time nominee Lizzo. “I like people who push the button.”

As the Arkansas native, 30, begins planning the singer-rapper-flutist’s red-carpet ensemble — “I’m not leaving anything off the table” — he revisits his five favorite Grammy looks to date.

“Clearly, they were predicting the future because everyone wants to look like this right now,” says Monroe of the girl group’s coordinating bralette and oversize pant ensembles. “I love that the three of them aren’t playing into typical formal attire, and I’m so obsessed with Left Eye’s hat. I would love to have that hat.”

“People overlook the Dixie Chicks, but Natalie Maines is an icon. The cut of Emily [Robison’s] pants, which had safety pins down the side, hit the ground perfectly. And if someone were to come out with a barbed-wire heel, people would freak out. I could totally see Gigi Hadid wearing that look and Bella [Hadid] wearing Emily’s.”

In a look that pays homage to Marilyn Monroe and the Jean Louis era of old Hollywood dressing, which Madonna subsequently reinterpreted in Bob Mackie at the 1991 Academy Awards, “Britney looked like the girl next door — but elevated. It looks 2000s, but it also looks old. So it becomes timeless.”

“[Elliott] took something like a tracksuit with adidas branding and really hit us over the head with a Grammy look that she made her own,” says Monroe of the rapper’s pink velour ensemble, which was accessorized with a matching fuzzy beret and oversize hoops. “It’s cool and brave, and she wore sneakers on the red carpet.”

“There’s this complete sexiness and exposure with the top, which fit [Rihanna] so well,” says Monroe of the crystal-embroidered tangerine Armani Privé halter, which was paired with a dramatic black silk organza plissé skirt. “This is a great way to reference the past but also take it 300 years into the future.”

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 7 issue of Billboard.


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