Lady Gaga fans: dressed in their Gaga best
She’s worn plastic bubbles on her bod, red lace over her face and 10-inch Alexander McQueen armadillo clodhoppers on her feet. It seems Lady Gaga will wear anything. And so will her fans, who, on Wednesday, dressed in their Gaga best for the first of the Queen of Pop’s two shows at Staples Center.
The rifle-shooting bra, the can curl hairstyle, the poker face mirror mask. In just two years, the performer has become a fashion force with enough iconic looks to costume the entire cast of the TV show “Glee.” Inspired by David Bowie, Madonna, Grace Jones, Elton John and Freddy Mercury, she has brought individual style back to the music stage, and become a champion of nonconformity.
Many of Gaga’s outrageous looks can be attributed to her creative team, known as Haus of Gaga and compared to the artists in Andy Warhol’s Factory. But, following the success of her collaboration with Giorgio Armani on the Space Age Grammy dress, constructed of glittery rings that seemed to orbit around her, she tapped the designer to make some of the stage outfits for this tour.
On Wednesday, her fans, who seemed to range in age from 9 to about 70, showed up in hairstyles in every color of the rainbow--wigs and dye jobs in neon pink, neon yellow and platinum blond. There were Vegas showgirl-style headdresses, and all manner of customized sunglasses with crystals, cigarette butts, crossed pistols etc.
Lightning-bolt makeup was a trend, as were American flag outfits inspired by the "Telephone" video. The hair bow was a major theme--the bow made out of hair, that is. And so were spidery ripped leggings, bejeweled bustiers and the requisite claw-hand pose.
It was like Halloween in West Hollywood at midnight--in the best possible way. Click here for a photo gallery of more of Gaga's fans.
Photo: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times