“American Idol” finalist Jordin Sparks will be getting the designer treatment tonight and tomorrow night, thanks to Mark Badgley and James Mischka. When show producers came knocking, looking to up the finale’s fashion ante, the design duo obliged and flew to Los Angeles with 100 dresses for the songstress to choose from for twin-bill performances and tomorrow night’s presumably televised red carpet arrival. Mischka said in a phone interview, “They really wanted to make it red carpet worthy. The show is in L.A, and it’s become such an important part of American culture.”
The designers customized a few gowns for Sparks, made some jewelry for her, and threw in shoes and evening bags. “She’s even wearing our fragrance,” Badgley said, shortly after a fitting with the 17-year-old on Tuesday afternoon. As of press time, she hadn’t yet voted in her favorite number.
But the designers expect her to wear a combination of their designs including something from Badgley Mischka Platinum tonight and a made-to-measure gown tomorrow night. They also said the songbird gravitates toward color and necklines, Badgley said.
Maybe it has something to do with her being the daughter of former NFLer Phillippi Sparks, but the budding musician was game to try on all sorts of dresses. “She’s not jaded. She’s very fresh and naive about fashion but really sophisticated too. She knows what looks good on her,” Mischka said.
Self-described “big fans” of “American Idol” since its first season, the designers said they will check in with Sparks before the show for any last minute adjustments. But when she is belting out her three songs, they will be seated and ready to vote. “We’re definitely going to vote -10 times each,” Mischka said.