Piece Of Me Costume Designer Marco Marco Talks Britney

Britney’s costume designer for her Piece of Me show, Marco Marco, opens up about what it’s like working for the Queen in a new interview with Out.com.

He mentions wanting to create a new look for her versus dipping into the Britney brand catalogue, how her fans are “a whole other animal,” and outfits that didn’t make the cut.

Out: Did you bring a different twist to the show? Did you add some extra flair because it’s Vegas?


Marco: I mean, Vegas is always a good opportunity to make it a little bit more wild. There’re opportunities to be maybe sexier than you would be outside of there, and there’re also opportunities to create outfits that are maybe a little larger than life.

Out: Throughout the entire process, what for you is the most exciting moment? When your heart is beating fastest, would you say?

Piece Of Me Costume Designer Marco Marco Talks BritneyMarco: It’s exciting to hear how the audience is going to react to certain moments in the show. She does a quick change on stage from a white angel to sort-of gothic, fallen angel, I guess. Every time the dancers open their wings, and she’s standing there in all black. She was just in all white five seconds ago, and she’s sitting there in all black and her hair is a completely different color. The audience just roars.

That was a great moment, but I also love the sketching process. I love the beginning when anything is possible and anything is on the table. So you can really just put your ideas on the floor and say, “This would be amazing and this would be amazing!” Just sketch it all out.

Out: At that very beginning of the process, what is that thing that inspires you?

Marco: With this show in particular, I wanted to create something that felt new, but I didn’t want to start from the Britney brand. Do you know what I mean? She had so many iconic moments already that I wanted to touch on those. That was an inspiration to me: Her whole epic career thus far and all of the different places she’s gone with fashion.

And also just trying to think of the audience and trying to think of — you know, Britney’s fans are not like other people’s fans. When I would be making a costume, I would be thinking about these people that just live for her and who are just going to be in a panic over her, over every moment that she’s on stage.

Out: Well you’ve pretty much worked with every pop star. Which of them do you think has the craziest fans?

Marco: Oh my gosh… Every artist has an incredible following, you know? I remember Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas would be in Japan, and they would just be crying and shaking.


Piece Of Me Costume Designer Marco Marco Talks Britney

I don’t know if I’ve every met a more vocal and hands-on bunch of fans like Britney has. They’re just a whole other animal. They’re amazing. They really devote themselves to her in a way that is I think unmatched.

Out: Whether it’s true or not, it always seems stars are feuding. Do you as a costume designer ever get caught in the middle? One girl wants the other girl’s costume at some point?

Marco: No, that’s never happened. I’m very careful about that kind of stuff. [laughs] When I’m creating something for an artist, that’s where that piece lives and dies. I’m not going to like bring it home and try to give it to someone else.

With the Piece of Me tour, we made a lot of costumes that you see and we made a lot of costumes that you may never see. Those are still hers. They’re all in her closet in Vegas. If one day she wants to wear them, she’s more than welcome to.

Brit’s next batch of Piece of Me shows kick off January 31 – looking forward to seeing what new elements Marco brings to the show!