As co-host of the Met Gala 2019, Lady Gaga was always going to make an entrance. No one, however, was quite prepared for the performance the pop icon staged for the fabulous fundraiser on the first Monday in May. One of the first guests to hit the red carpet, the “Born This Way” singer sashayed in with five dancers, a personal photographer and make-up artist Sarah Tanno. And then came the outfit changes – all four of them.
Gaga paraded in wearing a voluminous fuchsia-pink Brandon Maxwell gown comprising a train so vast it gave Rihanna’s Guo Pei omelette gown a run for its money. As the suited showmen twirled around her wielding umbrellas as props, Maxwell unzipped the bow-embellished confection to unveil a black ballgown underneath. A few selfies ensued, before the singer slipped off her LBD to reveal a Barbie-pink column gown. A Tiffany & Co butterfly necklace and bumper shades masked the exaggerated gold eyelashes she had previously been fluttering at the cameras.
On to look four: the big reveal. Gaga cast aside Maxwell’s satin designs and stood tall in a black crystal embellished underwear set, fishnet tights and platform boots. Crawling up the stairs, before dashing back to steady ground to pull along a Haus of Gaga drinks trolly, she gave the snap-happy paparazzi a plethora of options before any other popstars had even got through the gate.
It was to quote Gaga herself, a “perfect illusion”, but also a return to the Gaga personas of yore. Maxwell, who was the singer’s principal stylist between 2012 and 2018, handed the baton onto younger Haus members Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout in order to focus on his namesake brand, but he returned to fete his friend’s moment in Vogue. Now that deserves applause.
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