I was half-asleep next to a coffee-table book about the Hours of Catherine of Cleves when I realized the Grammy red carpet must be underway. I dashed to the TV and turned it on just in time to hear, “And that was Lady Gaga.” Luckily, gorgeous blogger Karen of Where Did U Get That tweeted a Gaga photo at that very moment so my curiosity was immediately satisfied, but I wasn’t able to turn away from Twitter quickly enough to avoid seeing a thousand people ask some version of, “Why doesn’t Lady Gaga dress normally?”
I answered that damn question last year. Read the post again if you’re still mystified by concepts such as “performer,” “costume,” and “public image.” The people who asked “How is she going to sit down in that?” annoyed me even more. Seriously, you don’t know? SERIOUSLY? She’s going to change her outfit about 10 times!
If you need further explanation, read this L.A. Times blog post that patiently explains the difference between actress style and musician style:
“For actresses, there is a distinct red carpet ‘look’ — a strapless or one-shouldered gown in a body-hugging, mermaid silhouette, with minimal surface details — that renders them almost interchangeable. But for music artists, from Freddie Mercury to Madonna, fashion is key to creating an identity and rising to the top in a field that is now, in the Internet Age, even more crowded.”
The post also quotes Elle creative director Joe Zee as saying “The worst thing to happen to red carpet fashion is the best- and worst-dressed lists.” Agreed. Wear What You Want, bitches!
Read all my Lady Gaga posts here.
Get to know my Wear What You Want policy here.
Good Gaga article from Wall Street Journal here.
I actually think she looks very pretty here. And say what you want about Gaga, but she’s super talented and taking the world by storm!
I love this look. Totally brilliant. Thank god Lady Gaga is shaking things up. It is like OTT Couture fashion – brilliant, creative and inspiring.
Iron Chic says
I like how she embraced the fakeness of her wig.
Funny how she totally “owns” dressing up now…like Pink and Rhianna look like copycats for trying to standout.
What is with Taylor Swift’s ringlets?
The Clothes Horse says
It’s so true. I mean people can say they don’t like what she’s wearing, but really ask why she’s wearing it? Honestly, no one is dressing for pure necessity on the red carpet!
Wendy, you rule – I adore Lady Gaga for wearing what the hell she wants. Awesomeness!
I love that La Ga doesn’t follow anybody else’s example of red-carpet dressing, and I love that she “wears what she wants.”
Denise @ Swelle says
And how does she pee? Or walk the dog, or core an apple?
People are still going on about Bjork’s swan dress. Pea brains.
I still have a serious crush on Lady Gaga. I totally thought it would go away after the first couple of months, but no, she’s just gotten hotter and hotter, and I love her more and more. I also love that you have a nipple tape t-shirt. Gotta DIY myself one of those…
And completely unrelated to this post, but related to my post on Sister Wolf’s/your comment on my blog – I’m sure living with a borderline friend is a hard ordeal, but at least you can end it and walk away…with family it’s so much more… permanent. It’s like constantly dancing along a fine line of keeping them in your life enough to let them know that you still love them, while at the same time making sure that they are far enough away from your life so that they can’t get their sticky little hands in all of your business. Anyway, I’m dealin’ and thanks for your thoughts, you rock!
hahahaha your blog should be mandatory fashion blogger reading
Yay for taking up the Gaga’s defense! These people who are asking these dumb-ass questions are probably the type that walk around in crocs and bermuda shorts and think that’s fashionable. Award show fashion is a snooze fest nowadays. I for one miss the wild and crazy. If we can’t live out our fashion fantasies via celebs and their crazy wardrobes, then what joy do we have left in our lives?! :p