Way back in the summer of 2007, Women’s Wear Daily profiled up-and-comer Lady Gaga, who was performing at Lollapalooza (check out these photos from her performance). Even then, the girl had a penchant for pants-lessness. She was cited for biking to a show in inappropriate hot pants, aka “not pants.” But other parts of Gaga’s look have undergone a transformation. In December, she told People that she wants her ensembles to be displayed in a museum. “My intention is to one day have the Lady Gaga exhibit at the [Museum of Modern Art]. Now I can have beautiful origami dresses made instead of gluing mirrors to a $3 bra from Conway.” My, how the Lady hath changed.HAIR
Then: Long, dark, and wavy — we assume the way nature made it.
Now: Changes day-to-day based on what wig and/or extensions she put on. Currently short, straight, and blond. Bows made out of hair make frequent appearances, as do ridiculous hats.
Influences: Christina Aguilera, Donatella Versace, British fashion writer Anna Piaggi
Then: Heavy black eyeliner around the entire eye, pinkish lipstick.
Now: Costume-y, drawn-on lips, pancake-like foundation, anything originally reserved for the stage.
Influences: fashion writer Lynn Yaeger, Gwen Stefani, David Bowie, geishas
Then: Cheap bras covered in sequins, mirrors, and other trimmings.
Now: Same, but somehow fancier looking.
Influences: Madonna, Britney Spears, Lil Kim
Then: Not present.
Now: Not present.
Influences: Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce
Then: Cheap-looking stripper heels in patent leather and leopard print.
Now: Christian Louboutins, over-the-knee boots, and high-heels of all kinds. Unlike her shoes a few years ago, these class-up her look.
Influences: Carrie Bradshaw, dominatrixes, Rodarte and all the other designers who showed thigh-high boots for fall 2009.
Lady Gaga’s style hasn’t veered much from what it was pre-”Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” Mostly, she’s polished her look a bit, which an expensive pair of shoes and a fresh haircut is bound to do. But she’s staying true to her mirrored-bra roots, which we appreciate.