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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Deconstructing Lady Gaga's fashion award ensemble

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Has everyone seen the outfit Lady Gaga wore last night to the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, where she was honored as the top style icon of the year? If not, let's take a quick look so we can all get on the same page:



Intriguing, no? I will now unpack the connotations of her garments to suss out the message they are meant to communicate. Before anyone accuses me of reading too much into a pair of shoes or a hemline, let me quote a letter that appeared in V magazine from Mother Monster herself:

I myself can look at almost any hemline, silhouette, beadwork, or heel architecture and tell you very precisely who designed it first, what French painter they stole it from, how many designers reinvented it after them, and what cultural and musical movement parented the birth, death, and resurrection of that particular trend.

Lady Gaga has also said that fame is her medium, and she's arguably well-versed in pop culture, so obviously she can't be ignorant of the icons her outfit is referencing. First, her teal wig is clearly an homage to Bulma, a character from Dragonball Z.


So there's definitely something going on with anime. Lady Gaga also appears to have taped her eyelids to give them a more Asian look.


And let's take a look at that hemline. It reminds me of a designer gown sported by Stella, a character in Daft Punk's techno-opera Interstella 5555. Set to their 2001 magnum opus Discovery, it's about four gentle blue musician aliens who live on a bucolic planet where all anybody does is rave. They get abducted and taken to Earth, where they're brainwashed and repackaged as a wildly successful pop band. Eventually, though, these musical geniuses free themselves of their evil captors. Here is the lady alien, Stella:


She is definitely rocking the same silhouette as Lady Gaga. But what makes the symmetry so eerie is the fact that she's wearing it TO AN AWARDS CEREMONY. JUST LIKE LADY GAGA DID. LOOK, THEY ARE PRACTICALLY TWINS:


And that is how Lady Gaga's outfit irrefutably proves she is an alien musical genius who has been abducted from Planet Rave and repackaged as a top-40 pop queen. But really, you don't need to break down her outfits to figure that out. Anybody who sings and plays piano this good has musical talent that is, for lack of a better word, otherwordly.

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