Before Spike Jonze made feature films like Being John Malkovich,
Since exploding on the music scene with 2008’s The Fame and 2009’s The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga has established herself as a major influence in music, but she has also become an indisputable fashion icon. Her red carpet looks have turned heads, sparked controversy, and encouraged conversation about what it means to be a woman. Here are some of Lady Gaga’s most iconic looks and what they meant.
The Meat Dress – Lady Gaga’s meat dress is probably her most famous weird red carpet look and the one that has been critiqued and criticized the most, particularly by PETA. Lady Gaga insists, however, that this was not a stunt or an attempt to out-weird herself but a statement about human rights:
“It’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I’m the most judgment-free human being on the Earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening it’s [saying], ‘If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.’”
The Kermit Dress – The meat dress might have upset PETA, but with her Kermit dress, Lady Gaga actually championed something close to PETA’s heart:
“I don’t like to wear fur, so it was my way of making a comment about fur, because it looks like a bunch of dead Muppets.”
The Red Latex Dress – When Lady Gaga met Queen Elizabeth II, she did not tone down her signature style but rather used it to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth I:
“Well, I kind of wanted to do an homage to the queen, so that was my Queen Elizabeth I outfit, but it’s made out of latex, so it’s still Gaga.”
The Inflatable Star Dress – Her explanation on Twitter is fairly straight-forward: “I’m A Star.”
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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 25, 2014
Roseland Ballroom Rose Dress – Lady Gaga wore this outfit for her last performances at the Roseland Ballroom, which closed April 2014. The roses on the dress are a tribute to the Roseland Ballroom, and the design and placement of the roses is based on The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.
The Christmas Tree Dress – There is no explanation needed here. Lady Gaga was feeling the Christmas spirit and transformed herself into a human Christmas tree, complete with glass ball ornaments and a golden star on top.
The Fake Teeth Bracelet – Lady Gaga wore this bracelet both on her wrist and in her mouth as fake teeth. According to the designer, part of the fun of the piece is that it is a “collaboration with whoever’s wearing it”:
“If you think it’s a hat, it’s a hat, and if you think it’s a shoe, it’s a shoe. And it’s so much more fun for me to see them worn differently.”