The only way Lady Gaga could shock us in a fashion sense anymore is by wearing a freshly-dead puppy. She once claimed she gets her fashion inspiration from Princess Diana, but we don’t really buy that so much as we think she just throws some random objects into a kiln for an hour and slaps on whatever comes out.
She’s so far out of the box, that the word ‘fashionable’ doesn’t really mean anything to her. She doesn’t care if something looks good. She’s all about provocation and attention. She’s Howard Stern with a vagina. It makes no sense to take into account all her outfits and differentiate them between ‘good’ and ‘bad’, because in her world they mean the same thing. So we picked out Gaga’s ten worst outfits that could also be her best.
10. Red Lace See-Through
Where? MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
When? September 12, 2009.
What???? The only real way you escape the lyrical wrath of Eminem (besides being a black rapper) is by making it just too easy for him to make fun of you. Gaga is cerebral like that – she basically parodies herself to the point where its useless for other people to do so. We’ll give her credit, there.
9. Armored Body Suit
Where? The Koenig-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
When? May 24, 2010.
What???? Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Let’s see if we can connect the dots here and come up with a reasonable explanation. Gaga…crazy fashion sense…Germany…crazy German porn subculture. Yep, that’s it.
8. Winged Dress
Where? On stage at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris France.
When? May 21, 2010.
What???? We could take the easy route here and make a ‘there are naked kids in Africa who can’t afford hot pants’ joke, but we don’t really care about Africa. Paris is the Mecca of the fashion world, so it would make sense for Gaga to out-gaudy and out-crazy herself for the city of lights.
7. Bondage Body Suit
Where? Isle of MTV Malta Special.
When? July 9, 2009
What???? To be fair, on that particular day she was joining the Black Eyed Peas for the day’s promotional duties for the MTV Isle of Malta Special, so maybe her gimp costume was a simple, harmless shout-out to her running mates.
6. Silence of the Frogs
Where? German television interview.
When? July 20, 2009
What???? Not sure if Gaga was aiming to commemorate Kermit or desecrate his name beyond repair. If Hannibal Lecter was a pop singer instead of psychiatrist and had a fetish for the Muppets, he’d probably wear something similar.
5. Sun Goddess
Where? V61 Launch, New York City.
When? September 2009.
What???? We call this one of the few occasions Gaga has looked somewhat sexy in her eternal quest to convince us she doesn’t give a vapor’s f*ck about what we think of her attire.
4. Meat Dress
Where? MTV Video Music Awards.
When? September 12, 2010.
What???? Was Gaga making a political statement about the evil ethical implications of eating meat? Not exactly. The statement she was making was ‘dead meat is dead meat’, meaning that anyone willing to risk their life for their country is the same, meaning that gay people should be allowed to serve in the military. She could’ve spared us this ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ riddle by wearing a shirt that says ‘I love homos’, but that’s just not her style.
3. Phantom of the Gaga
Where? On stage at the Brit Awards in London, England.
When? February 16, 2010.
What???? We think her inspiration for this number falls somewhere between Bride of Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera. Plus, she’s almost naked. Historically, Great Britain has a strong tradition of both high-class foppishness and very bad taste, so most likely this is a tribute to the decadent norms of yesteryear.
2. Bubbles Galore
Where? Grammy celebration tour, Boston MA.
When? May 4, 2009.
What???? The piano isn’t exactly the coolest instrument to rock out to when you’re playing it on stage, so maybe Gaga compensated and saved the rock star aesthetic by just wearing bubbles.
1. Incubation Special
Where? On stage at the Grammy Awards.
When? February 13, 2011.
What???? We’re not really blown away with what’s on her body so much as that egg/incubation chamber she got carried in. The song she performed was Born This Way, so the egg actually makes sense in a metaphorical way. But since it also makes sense in a WWE ring-entrance kind of way, it’s number one on our list.
Did we miss any outfit that should’ve made the list? There are literally dozens more crazy Lady Gaga outfits out there, so disagreements are sure to abound. Be sure to keep it civilized and vent your wrath on our comments section.