Unlike most celebrities who gradually transform their style into something more daring, Lady Gaga entered the scene around the year 2008 ready to turn everyone’s heads. She appeared on red carpets dressed in bodysuits and with her hair tied in a bow, and little did we know that this would be just the beginning of the singer-songwriter-producer-actress’s bold looks.
Over the years, Lady Gaga has treated her style as an extension of her art, unafraid to push boundaries or make us wonder what, exactly, inspired a certain look. We’re still talking about her iconic meat dress or the time she donned a costume full of Kermit the Frog stuffed animals from head to toe, and, to be honest, we probably never will.
Gaga’s affiliation with haute couture has been well-documented over the years, spawning campaigns for (and a close friendship with) Donatella Versace , as well as a bizarre fashion film for Thierry Mugler and a feature-length documentary with Jean Paul Gaultier.
The early years of her career were largely defined by a creative relationship with Nicola Formichetti , who also helped her design some of her most iconic looks. When she starred in the American Horror Story series , she arrived armed with archival Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen pieces to cement the character’s fashion credentials. For Gaga, fashion is an essential element of her life as a woman, artist and creative.
So, to celebrate her role as a fashion icon, we’ve rounded up 10 of her best looks—no easy task, but one that takes us through Gaga’s evolution throughout her career.
1. Feathers, baby!
Although it is true that the inhabitants of New York are prepared for everything, those who appear in the background of this image definitely did not expect to meet Lady Gaga in the street in this photo of the year 2012, while she was doing a photo session in the city with renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz .
2. Star Power
Of her most outrageous outfits, this dress is one of the most beautiful. The signature Armani Privé design was one of the most memorable pieces on the red carpet at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and it’s boldly short on the front, has its own futuristic-looking star, and had the word Gaga written all over it. , with a rigid and innovative structure.
3. The Meat Dress
There’s no way we didn’t include the infamous meat dress on the list. This was part of Gaga’s looks at the 2010 VMAs, and we’re not exaggerating when we say that she has gone down in history as one of the most insanely amazing outfits on any red carpet. The singer received some criticism from animal rights advocates, but the singer defended her decision to wear her costume, saying it was her way of honoring LGBT soldiers.
4. Long live Glam
When we referred in the intro to this post that Gaga could do it all and go from wild looks to the most perfect elegance, we were referring to looks like this, that radiate Hollywood glamour . Gaga arrived at the Oscars edition with this 100% strapless white pants look designed by Brandon Maxwell with a beautiful pleated cape that, in addition to looking incredible on the red carpet, gave this outfit that extra something.
5. The Fame Monster
In 2014, Lady Gaga made headlines after buying part of the collections of Wilson BK and Jack Irving, graduates of London’s Central Saint Martins design school. The artist was in charge of wearing all the pieces in television appearances, promotional videos and to walk dramatically through the streets of Paris, as was the case with this Irving piece made of bright inflatable tentacles, which Gaga wore at the end of his Artpop tour . It is so incredible that a photo is not enough: you have to see it in action.
6. The Power Suit
Last year, Gaga unveiled an oversized silhouette power suit designed by Marc Jacobs at ELLE Magazine’s 25th Annual Celebration of Women in Hollywood . Accepting the honor of being one of the publication’s Women of the Year, Gaga opened up about her experiences with sexual abuse and mental illness, calling on women around the world to support each other and recover.
7. Marie Antoinette
Gaga was one of the first to hit the red carpet at the Brit Awards in 2010, but she made a lasting impression thanks to this white dress by Francesco Scognamiglio that was definitely stunning, but it was the pompadour -style wig and lace face mask. which had critics and fans whispering all night and for days afterward.
8. Hello Kitty
This eccentric outfit first came out in a 2009 photo shoot for the singer, and it’s like a more intense and elaborate version of her Kermit the Frog coat. The dress is made entirely of Hello Kitty stuffed animals, which start at the bust and then descend to the floor, and which Gaga complements with makeup that simulates the huge cartoonish pupils of the Japanese kitten. Since then, the dress has been part of the permanent collection of The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) with thousands of pieces dedicated to Hello Kitty.
9. A Star Is Born
The press tour of the movie A Star Is Born served us some of the most spectacular looks from Lady Gaga ‘s wardrobe , who was passing through countless awards ceremonies and festivals, but one of her best looks was this impressive Valentino dress made of pink feathers. When you think of the word glamor in the dictionary, this photo of Gaga will most likely come up.
10. McQueen Majesty
The 2010 MTV VMAs were one of the most iconic ceremonies for Gaga, who arrived on the red carpet in a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress full of vibrant and diverse colors that made her look like she came from the very ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.