18-year-old musician Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single, “drivers licence”, became the biggest song on the planet after its release in January — breaking Billboard chart records for the longest first single at number one (surpassing Drake’s “God’s Plan”), and Spotify records for most streamed non-Christmas song in a day (overtaking Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”) – but she only got to perform her mega-hit live for the first time at the Brit Awards on 11 May.
Dressed in custom Dior, she arrived in a fluorescent pleated tulle strapless dress from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s autumn/winter 2021 collection for the house. “I loved my red-carpet dress, I was obsessed with the colour and shape,” Rodrigo tells Vogue. Her stylist, Anna Hughes-Chamberlain, explains that “for Olivia’s Brits looks, we wanted to work with a brand that could reflect her own style, but elevated. Dior was perfect.”
With looks as tightly conceptualised as her songs, “we knew that the neon-green dress would make an incredible red-carpet look, and when paired with black accessories, which added a tough element, it felt perfect for Olivia. The timeless silhouette in such a vibrant colour felt so youthful and joyful, with a nod to Olivia’s upcoming debut album, Sour. The dress had so many layers it stood up on its own!”
To complement the zesty outfit, make-up artist Lucy Wearing, “wanted to create a make-up look that was fresh, soft and enhancing with a touch of toughness to it: the soft texture of the neon Dior dress with the thin black belt,” she explains. “We settled on a modern clean skin finish with soft fluffy brows and a grungy liner.”
For her performance, on the other hand, Olivia emerged ethereally sheathed in a flowing red dress, giant digital butterflies fluttering around her, and select heart-heavy lyrics scrawling across the stage before fading away. “Performing live at the Brits was such an amazing moment for me and to do that wearing custom Dior was incredible,” she says.
Taking the unforgettable bridge, which begins with the lyrics “red lights, stop signs” as inspiration, “it was clear that the performance look needed to be red,” says Hughes-Chamberlain. “When Dior presented sketches of a sequin set with a sheer mousseline gown worn over the top, it just seemed perfect. The way the light shone through the fabric on stage was magical.” Olivia adds: “The whole evening was an absolute dream!”