It’s no surprise that Jennifer Lopez’s closet is the stuff of dreams. But when we spoke to her stylist Rob Zangardi exclusively, we learned that the 49-year-old “El Anillo” singer’s wardrobe is even bigger than we ever imagined.
Speaking with PureWow in honor of J.Lo’s brand-new “It’s My Party” tour, Zangardi revealed that she’s not exactly a light packer.
Zangardi explained, “We have almost 200 costumes in the show,” so she’s not really to blame.
He went on to run through some of the logistics of making her look Jenny-from-the-Block-level fly, day in and day out: “Because the shows are back to back, there is such quick turnaround for preparing the looks for the next show,” he says. “We also have to do maintenance on the looks, such as re-rhinestoning pieces. The wardrobe for the whole show, including Jennifer and the dancers, usually travels on one to two buses of its own.” That’s right, people. Lopez’s tour closet is a literal truckload.
So how much does a truckload of clothing cost? According to Us Weekly, “over $74,000.” Designer Michael Costello went on to explain to the mag that one tiger dress “had 9,644 Swarovski crystals, sewn on by hand all over the dress…It took eight days to make. The estimated value of that dress, including labor, is $14,000.”
Zangardi explained the process to PureWow, saying, “We received a set list, and then Jen and I exchanged ideas. Next, we asked designers to do sketches for us.”
For this specific tour, Zangardi says the costumes came together over the course of two and a half months, with almost 90 costume adjustments needed in the weeks leading up to the first show. But even with the intense time constraints, for Zangardi working with Lopez is “a dream.”
“She has such a dynamic, multifaceted career. We have the opportunity to dress her for everything from the Oscars, which is quintessential red carpet, and then we have some room to take more fashion risks with events like the Grammys and the VMAs,” he said.
So far, J.Lo had worn everything from Balenciaga to Zuhair Murad on her tour. We can’t wait to see what else is on that bus.