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Behold the Chagoury Couture Gowns for NeNe Leakes in Zumanity

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Take a look at the outfits Gilbert Chagoury designed for reality star NeNe Leakes during her turn as the Mistress of Sensuality for Zumanity. Tonight marks her final performances as the hostess for the sexy Cirque du Soleil show at New York-New York.

Cirque approached Chagoury — who designs couture gowns for the likes of Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Hayden Panettiere and many others out of Los Angeles — about two months ago to create two couture gowns for the show. "They wanted S&M couture," he says. "I pushed the boundaries as much as I could."

Chagoury used the beads and lacework he's known for in the looks that include a vinyl coat, bustiers and more.

"NeNe is very dramatic. We wanted to make sure the costumes translated for her personally and still had that Zumanity feel," he says.

Do take a look.

· Chagoury Couture [Official Site]
· Zumanity [Official Site]