The singer wore a blue velvet bodysuit with a wing-like chiffon cape courtesy of fashion designer friend Hannah Marshall.
Marshall, who has created performance-wear for Welch in the past, had two weeks to create the garment after being approached by Aldene Johnson, Welchs long-time stylist. The turnaround was really tight, Marshall told us, but obviously it was something that I jumped at doing.
Marshall said she drew inspiration from Welchs dynamic performance style and lyrics to the bands No Light, No Light when crafting the ensemble.
The thing thats very different about Flo is that not only does she sound incredible, but she has this rare ability to give clothes a life of their own, Marshall said. Shes a performer; shes not just a singer. She really understands the power of clothing coupled with music.... With Florence, its very much about the movement and the raw power of performance.
Mood board references as varied as owls in flight, spider web-wrapped trees and a sculpture draped in silk filtered through into the dramatic, raven-like garment. As a final touch, Marshall embellished the costume with Swarovski Elements to ensure that Welch sparkled with every gesture.
When Coachella ends after next weekend, Welch will take the outfit on the road through the US, Australia and Europe as part of her official tour wardrobe. For her last tour, wardrobing honours went to Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. Welch has also worn designs by Alice Temperley and Chanel for performances.
Marshall, who is based in London, couldnt make it to Indio, California for the festival itself. Instead, she stayed up all night to watch the performance on Coachellas YouTube channelat 5:45am London time.
I didnt want to miss it! she said. When youve worked so closely on a projectmaking sure every seam line is in place, every crystal is in the right More