Stars and celebrity stylists are reacting with horror to the CBS ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ banning provocative clothing from the Feb 10th broadcast which reveals cleavage, sideboobs and butt cheeks. Here’s what they exclusively told Hollywoodlife.com.
Have the Grammys gone too far issuing a ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ to performers appearing on the 2013 show? The stars Hollywoodlife.com spoke to, certainly seemed to think so.
“It’s ridiculous, and I’m confused. They want to censor how creative artists dress? If the networks want to act like ‘big brother’, then they should also have more responsible programming in general,” responds Nina Garcia, a judge for Project Runway and Creative Director of Marie Claire magazine.
CBS’ Ban On Grammys Clothing — Stars Speak Out
“Didn’t the network know what they signed up or — it’s The Grammys,” said an incredulous Kristin Chenoweth, a top Broadway and television star, who will be appearing in “Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!!!” on March 24 on PBS. “I think we’ll see singers rebel! I’d be disappointed if they don’t. If I had Rihanna’s body I wouldn’t keep my clothes on either!”
The new ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ warns Grammy performers and attendees like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, J Lo, and Beyoncé, who are all known for their risque, deep cleavage, butt-bearing and see-through outfits NOT to even think of exposing themselves.
“Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic,” the Advisory reads.
Now remember that this is the show that butt-baring Lady Gaga arrived at in an egg to great fanfare. Her itsy-bitsy green thong costume clearly exposed half of her rear end to the audience during the 2010 Grammys.
Rihanna’s daring deep V-gown in 2012 barely covered her nipples and then of course fans are still talking about Jennifer Lopez’s breast to navel-baring green Versace gown in 2000.
None of these outfits would be allowed on-stage and on-screen in 2013 according to the new rules.
Could The Grammys Wardrobe Advisory Be A Trick?
“Issuing an official clothing ban is ridiculous,” slams George Kotsiopoulos, one of the hosts on E!’s Fashion Police. “Perhaps this is an attempt at reverse psychology to get the artists to dress more provocatively since everyone was pretty lame last year,” he speculates.
Of course the big question is: What will the Grammys and CBS officials do if female performers turn up in red carpet outfits and costumes that don’t adhere to the new cover-up code? And who exactly will be examining them to rule on whether side boob or cleavage is sneaking out?
Will they be asked to leave? Not allowed to perform? Forced to wear a burka?
Fashion & Style Are Part of the Performance
Won’t all of that invasiveness hinder performances? “Isn’t this what music is about? Haven’t we fought this battle already from Elvis Presley and his pelvis to Madonna’s incendiary performance pieces,” points out celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, host of ABC World News Now’s Cause Celeb.
“Sex sells and is one of the tools most frequently used to drive up viewership. So to suddenly have a hypercritical turn and want to take fashion and beauty back to the days of Pat Boone is certainly infringing on creative freedoms. The performance attire — creative expression through fashion — makes the music more interesting and are an essential part of the quality and brand of an artist.”
So true. What singers wear in major performances shapes their images and costumes are an expression of their artistry. They are also designed for comfort.
So are stars now scrambling to revamp their Grammys outfits or to sew on extra bits?
We’ll find out on Sunday night at 8 pm when the Grammys air. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should the Grammys tell female singers to cover up or is that silly and sexist in 2013? Let me know!