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The Story Behind Alabama Shakes Frontwoman Brittany Howard's Epic Coachella Costume

The Story Behind Alabama Shakes Frontwoman Brittany Howard's Epic Coachella Costume
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When it comes to Coachella, artists tend to pull out all the stops onstage—and that includes their wardrobe. Among the highlights this weekend were Jenny Lewis’s three-piece suit with watercolor detail, Kimbra’s gladiator-style minidress, and, seemingly out of left field, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes's incredible caftan. Full disclosure: We knew the bluesy rocker's outfit was going to stun because we got the lowdown on the creation a week before the fest from her newly-enlisted costume designer, Christian Joy.

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Sun Ra and all those patchwork caftans from the '70s," she added. Once she set on a theme, Joy made a sketch (pictured above), screen-printed the dress at her Brooklyn studio, sewed the fabric, and sent it to a patternmaker to be constructed. The whole process took five days from start to finish, but we'd say it was definitely worth it.

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