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Katy Perry's Flapper-Inspired Look: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?

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Ever since Madonna suddenly switched from pseudo-virgin trampwear to floral sundresses in 1985, every pop princess with an ounce of ambition knows she has to keep her audience guessing.

Wear a meat dress one day, a purple peplum frock the next and your little monsters will have no choice but to remember who you are for another 24 hours.

So, how is Katy Perry staying mysterious? Well, let's put it this way: We hear Bugsy Siegel has a pair of cement shoes with her name on ‘em...

READ: Katy Perry Surprises Fans at Part of Me Secret Screening

Check out the head-to-toe 20s look that the "Teenage Dream" wore to the 2012 City of Hope Award Gala and concert in Los Angeles this week.

In general, we love Prohibition-era fashion and there's a lot to be said for Perry's vintage-esque bridal slippers and embellished headdress. But unless she's off to a speakeasy or a costume ball at Scorsese's place, there's no excuse for a head-to-toe, literal interpretation of the flapper era—even if the burnt-rose color of that negligee dress is a refreshing change for the usually jewel-toned singer.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be so hard on the girl. She may have a tommy gun hidden in her violin case.

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