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.