“Fashion is everything,” Lady Gaga once told MTV. “When I’m writing music, I’m thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It’s all about everything altogether — performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it’s everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.”
Well, we don’t know if you need to be that into Gaga when her Monster Ball Tour takes over the Tacoma Dome on Aug. 21. Rushing the stage and licking stuff will get you tossed in the clink. Or at least put on Thorazine.
But one thing’s for sure. The Gaga has parlayed with her bizarre sense of style and penchant for shocking people, from rockin’ that Kermit the Frog stole in Germany, to meeting the Queen of England dressed like an extra from “The Watchmen” and more recently showing up in the pages of Vogue Hommes Japan looking, quite convincingly, like a dude. (There was even debate about whether dashing model “Jo Calderone” was actually her.)
So who knows what she’ll turn up in next week? But in honor of pop’s premier chameleon, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of her most striking looks. Hit the “more” button below to check it out and vote on your favorites. Then you can also help us deconstruct the whole Lady Gaga phenomenon. Whether you’re infatuated or “p-p-poker face” makes you want to p-p-punch somebody, e-mail your thoughts on what makes Gaga tick. Send your name, hometown and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll use some of the best comments in next week’s GO.