EXCLUSIVE: The Scoop on Carrie Underwood's Sexy Tour Looks

04/12/2010 at 09:30 AM ET

PEOPLE Country

When it came to costumes for her “Play On” tour, Carrie Underwood was more than ready to shake up her good girl image with some seriously sexy looks. The country star called upon So You Think You Can Danceand American Idol resident costume designer Soyon An to help her create a smoldering stage look–including the opening act’s super-tight, black spandex catsuit.  “She starts off with a white jacket on the top, and then she takes that off to reveal the Swarovski crystal criss-cross halter,” Soyon tells PEOPLE. While this sparkling catsuit may seem more J.Lo than Carrie, Soyon says that simply isn’t so.  “She’s very fashion forward and very open to different types of clothing,” says the designer. “She wasn’t intimidated at all–she was ready for it. It’s a tough look but it’s her attitude–and obviously she’s got the body for it.” And to add an extra glam touch, Soyon designed a guitar strap encrusted with Swarovski crystals. “I designed [it] to match all three outfits in the [opening] segment. It was a very black-and-white formal and girly feeling.” Carrie wears a total of 14 separate costumes and 29 different looks throughout her “Play On” tour designed by Soyon, who got a major vote of confidence from the star. “[Carrie] is really fun to dress. She was very trusting,” says Soyon. “She was like, ‘You are in charge of my clothes and I want to focus on my music.'” For more on Carrie’s tour costumes, pick up the new PEOPLE Country issue on newsstands now.–reporting by Eileen Finan

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megan on

Did I really just read comments that are hating on Carrie Underwood? Did they really say Taylor Swift can sing better? I’m in AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

GUY101 on

me too Megan, me too !!! I cannot believe people compare them, they should be comparing Taylor to Miley Cyrus and not Carrie.

Jennifer on

I went to both Taylor and Carrie’s concerts. While Carrie is the better singer, I found Taylor’s concert much more enjoyable and entertaining. She’s much better in concert than she is on live TV.

Not me on

Carrie U really is not any better than Taylor swift they are both a fad. The syle change is really out of character and i agree it’s embarrassing for her.

Stacy Lanning on

I am going to her concert April 14, 2010. I cannot wait to see it. I was a big fan when she was on American Idol…. Go Carrie!!!!

Anne on

Why the need for such judgmental comparisons at all? Both Carrie and Taylor, as well as Miranda Lambert, have proven themselves successful and talented. There are choices here for everyone. Diff’rnt strokes for diff’rnt folks! My personal preference is Carrie Underwood. She sings beautifully and never misses a note. I think she’s both beautiful inside as well as outside. I wish her well in every endeavor she takes on.

kandy on

Beautiful girl, lovely voice, but can see the morals slowly going down hill.

Becky on

Carrie always looks flawless. She’s a real beauty and has kept a good clean reputation. She’s had to endure public breakups and never showed a bitter side. Her voice is amazing, and I respect that she broke into the music industry based on talent and not because she was in a popular kid’s show or because her parents are famous. She’s a good role model to young girls.

Irene on

I know Carrie loves to sing all kind of songs. As for clothes she likes to try different styles. I like the way she dresses for the song. I really love the variety…she is here to stay for along time. Her vocals are great and she is a great person, I have met her several times, an she does love her fans !!

StyleNews on

Taylor is not a fad. I don’t see how anyone can think that. She’s swept the CMT’s in 2008, 2009 and has a third chance to do it in 2010. If she’s a fad, then I’m sure every entertainer would like to be a fad like that. Carrie underwood is making headlines for her sex selling tour outfits. She can’t be a role model for women by selling her body out like that. I know she had to do something to try to remain relevant with Taylor and all but comeon, stop making a fool of yourself. Carrie can sing but even she knows her singing is not enough to keep her relevant. Sorry Carrie this isn’t going to work for long.

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