The look, complete with matching gloves and thigh-high boots, was custom-made by Norwegian fashion designer Peter Dundas. It featured a long-sleeve crop top with lace detailing, and was later accessorized with a silver fedora hat, which Blige wore to close the show alongside fellow performers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.
Mary J. Blige performs during the Super Bowl halftime show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Dundas, who was creative director for Italian brand Roberto Cavalli before launching his own eponymous label in 2017, used laser-cut mirror embellishments, pearl beadwork and crystals to create a sparkling animal-print effect.
“I thought (the mirrors) worked really well with Mary because she pulls so much on your heartstrings with singing about things that you kind of identify with yourself,” he told the fashion publication. “She almost becomes a reflection of the audience as well.”
Mary J. Blige performed her hits “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.” Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Often dubbed the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige not only won praise for her performance, but for her outfit — and her boots, in particular — on social media, with several fans declaring that she had “won” the Super Bowl.
The singer returned wearing a fedora to close the show alongside other performer, including Eminem, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
DressX founders Daria Shapovalova and Natalia Modenova said in a press statement that buyers can “try on the performance looks in augmented reality anytime and anywhere in the world — something that could almost never be achieved in the physical world.”
This is not Dundas’ first time dressing the star for a major appearance, having designed the shimmery gold gown she wore to last year’s Met Gala. Nor is it his first Super Bowl creation: He also custom-made the crystal-adorned red outfit from Shakira’s halftime performance in 2020.