A gimmick-free Katy Perry took to the red carpet at the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards in California on Thursday evening.

Usually the singer aims to shock us in an over-the-top elaborate look for these events, but like Miley Cyrus, Katy opted for gothic-glamour.

Katy glided down the red carpet wearing an Elie Saab Fall 2004 gown from the designer’s archives.

Her stunning black gown with teal-and-fuchsia sequin floral embroidery also has a black leather bodice with a bow accent.

Keeping her makeup surprisingly simple, Katy completed her look with lovely dark raven wavy locks.

This look is definitely in her hall of red-carpet fame.

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