Chronicling Lady Gaga's funky, freaky fashion
Lady Gaga has been queen of the music industry for what feels like a mere minute, but she's already the subject of a few books — the latest one, "Lady Gaga: Critical Mass Fashion," hones in on the superstar's fashion predilections and partnerships.
Written by journalist Lizzy Goodman in small, chatty chapters with elongated captions detailing some of Gaga's wildest ensembles, the 144-page full-color book incorporates quotes from Gaga about her style — mostly gleaned from other media sources (she was clearly not in on the creation of the book).
Borrowed quotes include, "One day I said to my creative team, 'Gaultier did bows, let's do it in a new way,'" she told New York magazine. "We were going back and forth with ideas and then I said" — she snaps her fingers — "'hair bow.' It never cost a penny, and it looked so brilliant."
Now-iconic looks from Gaga captured in the book include the orbit-inspired Armani Prive dress she wore to the 2010 Grammy Awards; the Our Lady of Guadalupe costume comprised of a red lace bodysuit and sunrays made of hair; the bloody bejeweled bikini-ish getup she wore to perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards; and the newsprint catsuit she wore for a live show in Sydney, Australia.
Chapters are divided by sartorial themes — there's one dedicated to Gaga's pants-lessness, others on her kooky sunglasses (make that sunglass helmets) and out-there hats.
That the book feels quickly cobbled together to capitalize on Gaga mania hardly matters; for the Lady's diehard fans, it's a fabulous memento of the performer's initial ascent.
Photo: The cover of "Lady Gaga: Critical Mass Fashion." Credit: St. Martin's Press.