|Haider Ackermann silk kimono robe, top, and trousers.|
"I hate average, and she is anything but average."
- Karl Lagerfeld
This March issue of Vogue came just in time for the release of Lady Gaga's new single, Born This Way, for her third studio album and in the midst of the hype of her controversial eggtrance in this year's Grammys [pun intended.] In this cover story, which was shot on location at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Mother Monster talked about how pointless it was to try and decipher the meaning behind her wardrobe choices. She told Vogue magazine that "the mystery and the magic is my art." Lady Gaga is more than just an artist, she is movement. From her music to her clothes, as odd as it is, it's her form of artistic expression, whether we like it or not. And what's surprising is that her avant-garde and eccentric way of dressing is actually the norm of her, she said that at the end of the day the way she dresses is part of the entire performance-art aspect of her life and that "it's not about a choice," but rather "a lifestyle that I live and breathe."
It's also no secret that fashion has been a integral part of her life even before she made it big in the music business. And today, she basically lives in her very own world of fashion and having collaborated with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, and Prada. As strange and uncommon as it may appear, a lot of the outrageous things we've seen her wear are actually designed by many famous and reputable designers. For example, the armadillo shoes she wore in the Bad Romance music video are actually a product of the late and great Alexander McQueen, the Kermit the Frog jacket she wore to a German talk show was designed by a French designer named Jean Charles de Castelbajac, and the orbital dress she wore to the 2010 Grammys was Armani Prive'. And if you got the chance to catch her performance in this year's Grammys, her stage ensemble was designed by Nicola Formichetti, who along with the rest of her creative team make the clothes for the Haus of Gaga. Fermichetti was just recently appointed as the creative director of Thierry Mugler, a Paris based design house who has Queen Gaga as an inspiration.
Some people hate her, many love her, lots don't get her, and others are indecisive about how they feel about her, but I have nothing but love and admiration for Lady Gaga. Because beyond her clothes and controversial music videos, the message that she wants to convey to all is so positive. In her interview she said that "I want to be your cool older sister who you feel really connected with, who you feel understands you, and refuses to judge anything about you because she's been there." That was something that really resonated with me, because no matter how happy and confident we all are, we still have moments of insecurities and doubts about ourselves, and I'm really glad that her main message to her little monsters is acceptance. So for now, come and see the beautiful images styled by Vogue's fashion editor Tonne Goodman.
|Haider Ackerman gown.|
|Alexander McQueen gold embroidered tulle dress. |
Tom Binns Design necklace.
|Alexander McQueen slash-shoulder tailcoat, bib bodysuit, and embroidered trousers. |
De Grisogono ring.
|Louis Vuitton silk blouse and pants.|
|Hussein Chalayan black leather jacket|
|Alexander McQueen pale-gray duck-and-ostrich-feather dress|
|Lady Gaga casted as the witch in a Hansel and Gretel shoot styled by none other than Grace Coddington in Vogue December 2009|