Lady Gaga is one of those celebrities who is very difficult to describe. Why is that? Her lifestyle is pretty much what everyone imagines when they use “vibing” as a description. Every time you turn around, Lady Gaga is rocking another stunning outfit that challenges our conception of what beauty actually is.
For anyone else, this would sound pretentious. But for Gaga, it is fair to say that she has transformed herself into a living, breathing work of art. And like all great art, she has managed to transform herself year after year to stay both fresh and relevant.
Don’t believe us? Keep reading to discover the Lady Gaga outfits that dropped our jaws to the floor over all these years!
A gift, wrapped with a bow
In 2008, we saw a glimpse of how strange Gaga was going to get. Sure, the outfit raised a few eyebrows, but the real surprise was that she transformed her hair into a giant bow!
Gaga is ahead of the curve
These days, people are… well… gaga over 3D printing different objects and shapes. Always ahead of the curve, Lady Gaga incorporated 3D elements into her dress for this 2008 radio event.
The Gaga of the opera
At the 2009 Brit Awards, Gaga has a lot going on. The Francesco Scognamiglio dress is breathtaking while the giant wig is mystifying. And speaking of mystery, we are still trying to figure out her Phantom of the Opera-style half mask!
It’s fair to say that 2009 is the year that Gaga became comfortable with getting really, really weird. Just check out this photo from a Boston performance where she is dressed in fishnets, clear heels, and a bubble dress!
It’s not easy being green
While most of Gaga’s wildest looks are just about her glamorous aesthetic, she sometimes dresses up to make a point. For example, in her 2009 appearance on a German TV show, she wore an iconic but disturbing coat made up of dead-looking Kermit the Frog dolls to make a statement against fur.
Much hair at the MuchMusic Awards
At first glance, this outfit seems a bit “normie” for Lady Gaga as she attends the 2009 MuchMusic Awards. But look closer and you will see that the dress is made out of hair attached to a bodice. To make things confusing, her purse, made to look like a balloon animal, is also covered in blonde hair.
Crowned at the VMAs
Gaga wore this red lace look complete with crown at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when she was crowned Best New Artist.
That’s a head wrap!
At the 2009 VMAs, when she wasn’t performing, Gaga was spotted in the audience wearing a feather Phillip Treacy wreath head wrap and a white-sequined Jean Paul Gaultier dress.
ACE, meet lace
At the 2009 ACE Awards, Gaga covered her face with lace. She also sported a gray shirt, pink bralette, and shorts to create a baffling look that we couldn’t turn away from.
Gaga save the Queen
In December 2009, Lady Gaga performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Show in Blackpool. So, who better to dress as than Queen Elizabeth I? Instead of dressing stiff and formal, though, Gaga stuck to her style and rocked some red latex. She even got to meet the Queen in this outfit after the event!
2009 was an awesome year for powerful Gaga outfits. But she got 2010 started with a bang by rocking this gothic look for a Polaroid event in Las Vegas.
Gaga goes galactic at the Grammys
Lady Gaga actually had two separate looks for the 2010 Grammys. In this first outfit, she wore a sparkling crystal dress over a nude bodysuit. Believe it or not, her next look was even more impressive!
Gaga becomes a superhero?
While Gaga’s earlier Grammy look channeled galactic aesthetics, her next look was completely wild. She basically looks like a gender-bent Ziggy Stardust as drawn by Jack Kirby, and we are so here for it!
Lady Gaga is quite the “stud”
At the 2010 amfAR New York Gala, nobody quite knew what to make of Lady Gaga. She had the complexion of Harley Quinn while wearing an outfit absolutely covered in studs. Honestly, if she stood still long enough, people might have thought she was an art installation!
Lady Gaga becomes the final boss
At the 2010 MAC Viva Glam in London, Gaga brought a see-through bodysuit, a floral mask, and an absolutely gigantic headpiece. At this point, she looked more like a Dark Souls villain than a rockstar, but we loved her look.
World, “meat” Gaga
Lady Gaga may be all things to all people, but not all at once! For example, animal activists cheered when she wore the Kermit outfit to make an anti-fur statement. But those same activists were quite angry when she showed up to the 2010 MTV VMAs in a meat dress that was somehow meant to protest the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding LGBTQ+ soldiers.
When is Lady Gaga not a lady? When she’s a guy, of course! For the 2011 MTV VMAs, Gaga dressed as a male persona named Jo Calderone and even performed as “Jo” that evening.
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Your chance to smell like Gaga
In 2012, Lady Gaga launched her own perfume called Frame. For the New York launch of her brand, she actually dressed like a giant perfume bottle. And in typical Gaga fashion, she made this unconventional look seem graceful and elegant.
Half fish but all woman
In 2013, Lady Gaga launched her album ArtPOP with a killer tour. As part of that tour, she embraced her inner Little Mermaid and came out of a clamshell wearing only shells, underwear, and fishnets.
Hey, do mermaids find the term “fishnet” offensive? We’ll have to pass our question to Gaga!
Gaga gets “ripped”
Gaga doesn’t just go all-out for performances and awards shows. Here, we see her entering a London hotel in 2013 wearing a ripped dress, dusty hands, and messy hair!
Big hair, don’t care
In 2013, Gaga attended a taping of “The Graham Norton Show.” When she left, the public got a great look at her see-through shit and sequins that (barely) protected her modesty. The showstopper, though, was her towering hair that looked like it came right out of an anime!
For this October 2013 look, Gaga dressed like a cross between a bride and a mummy!
To promote ArtPOP in 2013, Gaga paired an art-covered dress with a folk guitar.
She’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Lady Gaga loves Christmas, but it can be tough to celebrate when you have a tour around the holidays. In 2013, her answer was to dress like a Christmas tree (albeit a tree wearing her signature heels).
The modesty of Lady Gaga
Most of the time, Gaga dresses to see and be seen. But in 2014, she came to a concert in New York wearing an outfit that completely obscured her body and face!
She’s a star… literally
In 2014, Gaga decided to enter the VIP Room club in Paris with style. Since she is a megastar, she actually dressed as a giant star, complete with 30 points extending outward from her body!
Gaga goes Golden Globes
Is there anything Gaga can’t do? After dazzling audiences in American Horror Story: Hotel, she won a Golden Globe. And she surprised us once more by forgoing crazy outfits for this regal black dress.
Hail to the queen!
In 2018, Gaga wore an Elizabethan-inspired dress designed by Alexander McQueen to the UK premiere of A Star Is Born (the film she starred in opposite Bradley Cooper). Ironically, she looks far more regal here than she did when meeting the actual queen!
Go big sleeves or go home
Lady Gaga has looked unrecognizable on more than one occasion. The most recent example came from her visit to New York in July 2021 where the star made these bulky balloon sleeves look like the latest fashion craze!
A true angel
In July 2021, Lady Gaga rocked a set of ostrich-feather angel wings around New York City. She paired them a black Lanvin sweater mini dress, a leather Lanvin purse, and nine-inch platform heels by Pleaser Shoes.