When the words ‘style icon’ are mentioned images of Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe spring to mind.
However they seem to have some company in the newest and possibly strangest fashion forward star ever, Lady Gaga.
With a huge fashion following, including a website dedicated entirely to copying her style, and her outfits causing a stir in all fashion circles (not necessarily for all the right reasons) there must be something there.
Every time she leaves her house whether it’s to film a video, hit the red carpet, or take a stroll, Gaga always seems to make an outrageous statement with her attire or lack of it, in some cases.
But are her bizarre creations brilliant or just plain weird?
Well it seems to be a matter of opinion, take for example her infamous meat dress worn to the VMA’s in 2010. The dress was simultaenously condemned by animal rights groups and named by Time as the top fashion statement of 2010.
As with her other dresses, it was archived, and went on display in 2011 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being preserved by taxidermists as a type of jerky.
While 2011 brought no meat dresses, scarecrow ensembles or Space Age princess gowns, Lady Gaga still delivered another year of confusing and downright awe-inspiring getups.
Speaking about what her 2011 VMA performance might entail, she described it as a continuation of everything she’s ever done. We now know what she meant.
Lady Gaga opened the VMAs this year as Jo Calderone, her male alter ego. Not only did Gaga carry out her VMA performance as Jo Calderone, but she didn’t break from the character for the entire night. This brings to mind the question, is Jo Calderone some kind of performance art, or is Lady Gaga actually becoming Jo Calderone? It is possible that not even Lady Gaga can answer that question.
While more a mode of transportation than an outfit the Grammy egg is technically what the Born This Way singer was snapped wearing on the red carpet back in February 2011. The media was told that she was in an embryonic state and would not be born until the performance which consisted of Gaga ‘hatching’ out of the glowing egg on stage at the beginning of her performance.
While not fashionable in the conventional sense she is proving not only to one of pop music’s most flamboyant stars but also one of fashion’s most daring new icons.
Whether she is a risk taker or an icon is purely an individual choice one thing is for certain everyone is goo-goo for Gaga.