Katy Perry Goes Geisha For Her 2013 AMAs Performance

Katy Perry performs at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Photo: Getty Images

OHHH. So, THAT’S what her cherry blossom mic was all about. Katy Perry opened the AMAs with a dramatic performance of her new single, “Unconditionally,” and we’re starting to get the impression that she’s ~quite~ the film buff. I mean, her music video for the song was FILLED with movie refs and now this? Pass the popcorn, girl. In what appeared to be a direct nod to book-turned-movie, Memoirs of a Geisha, Perry wore a light pink flower-covered kimono (which matched her mic) and danced with a purple floral parasol (which matched the purple flowers in her hair). So much matching. The set was made to resemble Japan, with cherry blossom flowers falling from the sky throughout the duration of her performance.

Katy Perry performing at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Photo: Getty Images

But instead of wearing the sky-high block platform shoes that are typically associated with geishas in popular culture, Perry and her bevy of Asian-inspired dancers wore socks. And not just because socks are probably a LOT easier to dance in. (Or are they? #slippery) Turns out Katy was staying true to the strict rules of geisha dress: outdoors, they wear flat-soled shoes—but inside, they’re required to wear socks. ~The more you knoooow~ Also, please note that her socks are POLKA DOT, which goes back to match her red carpet look. META MATCHING. That’s next level, y’all.


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