Ciara's Stylist Breaks Down the 9 Amazing Looks the Singer Wore to Host the AMAs

The American Music Awards takes fashion seriously. With hundreds of music’s top performers hitting the stage or packing the seats, the event’s outlandish red carpet has become almost as talked about as its honors. So when it comes to dressing the stakes are high. No one understands that better than Ciara, the event’s host who sang, danced, and thrilled the crowd with multiple outfit changes. Styled by Maeve Reilly in looks from Balmain, Versace, and Mugler, she exuded glamour while presiding over two hours of speeches and high-energy performances.
While the outfits moved from ornate (a tangerine Georges Hobeika catsuit covered in crystals) to understated (an oversized Balmain blazer adorned with a single stripe), artistry was the overarching theme. “It was super important to Ciara that all the looks represented who she is as an artist, and I think we achieved that,” Reilly said. “Each one gave a different feeling and mood.” With nine costume changes complete with new hair and makeup, the night wasn’t easy, but according to Reilly, it all went off without a hitch. “I am so honored and grateful to have been apart of such a major moment in her career,” she says. “We had so much fun working on this!”
Here, Reilly shares an exclusive look at the process behind the scenes.