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Lady Gaga: Who’s that girl?

Aisling O’Connor

Published 20/10/2011 | 15:55

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Lady Gaga poses backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Lady Gaga poses backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Musician Lady Gaga performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Lady Gaga arrives at the Beacon Theatre on September 30, 2011 in New York City.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 05: Lady GaGa seen leaving her hotel and arriving at the ITV studios on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Moss/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 06: Lady Gaga sighting on October 6, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)

Once upon a time there was a girl called Stefani Germanotta who loved to sing and dance. One morning after a fancy dress party she woke up still in her drag-robot costume and took to the streets in her pants – Lady Gaga was born.

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Lady Gaga has rendered the world speechless with her over-the-top costumes, hairstyles and make-up since she burst on to the pop scene.

When one considers the cases of the meat dress, a blood soaked performance, the iconic hair-bow, the androgynous alien and generally walking around in broad daylight in her knickers, it is difficult to predict what direction her image will take next.

Nothing could be more shocking than sightings of the singer attending events in recent months and on the street in modest, daresay chic looks.

In September Lady Gaga graced the iHeartRadio Music Festival red carpet in a sleek Missoni black dress and understated hair and make-up. Shocked, we were. Who was this glamorous Monroe-alike?

Even her stage wear for the festival was modest, by her standards. If she channelled Marilyn on the red carpet, Cher was there on stage. Her sheer, sequinned costume evoked Cher’s 80’s Mackie era and although revealing, it retained an air of class.



This event was certainly no one-off. Stefani has been seen sporting designer duds all over town. She may not have been wearing mainstream designers such as Ralph Lauren or Michael Kors but Gaga has become something of the designer darling.



Earlier in 2011 she vowed only to wear archive Versace for two whole months. Perhaps it was a period of relatively normal clothing choices in this period that inspired a more pedestrian style of late.



September saw Gaga at the Beacon theatre in New York in a yellow & black tailored suit with a smooth bouffant and demure hair ribbon, oddly presenting the wearability of out-there design duo Viktor & Rolf’s clothing. The length of the trousers were clearly ill-advised, but we’ll give her that for looking so fabulous.



In a slight return to eccentricity in early October, Lady Gaga left her London hotel in a look by Irish designer, Simone Rocha. A sweet and pretty look, styled with attention to the 60s. Dressing in an ERA people - not the Gaga we’ve become accustomed to.



There has been uneasiness about Gaga’s modest make-under. Up until this change in styling, ‘normal’ for her had equated to ‘crazy’ in the general consensus – what would be more unexpected than for her to dress like every other starlet.



Saying that nothing could be more shocking from Gaga was a foolish statement. The safe-play style led us to forget that this girl knows how to play the public image game. Just when we thought she would make us gag no more - a dress made of human hair.

Yes, that’s real hair.



So how did she follow up the human tissue outfit? She wigged up and serenaded a president with a personalised adaptation, Bill Romance.





You can say she’s the next Madonna, or the next Cher and she may think she’s the next Marilyn but really Lady Gaga is no one we’ve seen before.

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