Who is Peter Dundas? Meet the Designer Behind Mary J Blige’s Super Bowl Performance Outfit

Mary J. Blige may not be a quarterback, but she certainly had a standout moment at Super Bowl LVI last night, courtesy of Peter Dundas.

The moment wasn’t sports-related but fashion-related, when the Grammy Award-winning singer took center stage during the halftime show in a custom Peter Dundas outfit. She continued to perform her hit singles More drama and family affair.

This year’s Super Bowl, held at SoFi Stadium, featured five headliners: Eminem, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige. 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak also made a small appearance at the show.

Peter Dundas worked closely with Mary J. Blige and her stylist to create a custom look for last night’s Super Bowl halftime show. He created a two-piece crop top with matching shorts in fabric adorned with white and silver mirrors. He also created thigh-high boots to go with the costume.

In an interview with WWD, Peter explained his approach to hosting the Super Bowl for Mary:

“I approached the outfit thinking I was dressing such an icon as Mary. I thought about what I associate with her and I knew that especially for stage outfits I want the person to have the feel like the outfit is part of her and her identity.”

The dress was inspired by French sculptor Niki de Saint Phaelle. Dundas laser cut the mirror in a leopard animal pattern so he could give Blige a “snow leopard” illusion.

“I was thinking [the mirrors] worked really well with Mary because she tugs on your heartstrings so much singing things that you sort of identify with. It almost also becomes a reflection of the public.”

Peter Dundas will post an NFT with a team from Dressx for the singer’s custom look, marking his first foray into the world of digital fashion.

“Anyone can acquire the outfit digitally and wear it across the metaverse. I think for me, as a brand, this awareness with my work is extremely exciting. It’s like a whole new dimension is added designs and my brand.”

Who is Peter Dundas?

Peter Hyde Dundas was born into a Norwegian family in Oslo, Norway on December 19, 1969. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to the flu when he was four years old.

He was discovered by a casting director in 1978 at the age of 9, after which he embraced his design side and spent 3 years on stage. He moved to Indiana with his family when he was 14 in 1983 and lived with his mother’s parents. Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided to move to New York to attend the renowned Parsons School of Design.

After graduating from fashion school in 1990, he immediately joined the Comédie Française in Paris as assistant costume designer. Peter rose through the ranks quite quickly and became an assistant designer under Jean Paul Gaultier. He was so fascinated by his work that he served under him for 8 years.

He has been part of many fashion brands during his career, including Christian Lacroix in 2000, Roberto Cavalli from 2002-2005, Emanuel Ungaro from 2005-2007, Dolce & Gabbana from 2007 and Revillon from 2008-2010.

He eventually joined Emilio Pucci as Artistic Director in October 2008 and held the position for 7 years before establishing his own label, Dundas, with life and business partner Evangelo Bousis in 2017.

Evangelo and Peter expanded their family by welcoming their son, Alexios Pete, through surrogacy in 2021.

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