22 February 2013

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Stylist Behind The Glitzy Costumes, Alison Elwin

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Band's Costume Stylist, Alison Elwin

A performance where the costumes combine rock chick, Jessica Rabbit and Victoria’s Secret? Well it can only mean one thing, a Girls Aloud show of course! This Thursday, Girls Aloud kicked off their UK tour in Newcastle, the hometown of a certain band member, our frequent front-pager, Cheryl Cole. Grazia Daily caught up with the woman behind the corsets and frills, costume stylist Alison Elwin.

'We’ve really gone all out with the costumes for this show,' Alison excluslively told us. 'There has never been an outfit that one of the girls has refused to wear. We’d never let it get to that stage as we’re consulting the girls constantly through out the costume-making process.  I propose the costume ideas to the girl and it’s common for them to want to adapt them slightly. Nicola [Roberts] often has a clear idea of what she wants – being very into the fashion scene.'

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Band's Costume Stylist, Alison Elwin

'The girls have all grown up and gone their separate ways style-wise, but for the show we very much concentrate on the Girls Allowed collective identity – glitz, glam and extravagant! Of course, their individual styles do shine through as well. You wouldn’t catch Sarah [Harding] wearing one of Nicola’s baby blue mini-dresses with pearls’. Course not! Read on for details on the five fabulous fashion themes of the show...

1. Rock n Roll

The show opens with the rock chick theme. The girls are covered in gold, silver spikes and chains and the image is tough and hard-hitting. No prizes for guessing that ‘Sound of the Underground’ is performed in this leather-clad couture. 

Girls Aloud tour costumes 2013

2. Victoria’s Secret

The next theme sees the girls writhing about in little more than lingerie. Inspired by the Victoria’s Secret Angels (oh yes), the girls sport gigantic wings and sparkle from head to toe. These costumes were designed by the swarovski-loving strictly come dancing stylist Vicky Barkess. Men all over the country will be pleased to hear that Cheryl can be seen strutting her stuff in a bra/mini skirt one-piece for this number!  The fun time song ‘Can’t Speak French’ fits this feathery theme like a dream.

Cheryl Cole Victoria's Secret Girls Aloud tour Cheryl Cole Victoria's Secret Girls Aloud tour

3. Dark Futuristic

The corset cages come out for a darker, more seductive theme. Songs like ‘Untouchable’ and ‘On the Metro’ are performed in this attire. A corset cage sounds somewhat daunting...

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Band's Costume Stylist, Alison Elwin

4. Sixties

We all know the swingin’ sixties style is on it’s way back for the summer, so the girls embrace the monochrome madness for songs like ‘Something Kinda Oh’. Inspired by the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2013 collection, the girls wear leather and checkerboard. Chic!

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Stylist Behind The Glitzy Costumes, Alison Elwin

5. Glam

Red sequins, full length dresses and heart shaped necklines, it doesn’t get much more glamorous than the encore to this show. The Jessica Rabbit inspired extravagance ends the show with a glittery bang. How fabulous!

Girls Aloud On Tour: We Speak To The Stylist Behind The Glitzy Costumes, Alison Elwin

Watch the girls in action below...

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Gareth Edwards (Fri Feb 22 15:17:31 GMT 2013): Alison Elwin goddess of a stylist and even more reason to go and see the Girls Aloud in action!