Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gaga Oh La La

For those who know me, know that I absolutely love Lady Gaga! As an avid fan I am always sure to attend her concerts each time she performs here in Montreal. This year I was lucky enough to see her live once again (for the fourth time), thanks to the wonderful generosity of my boyfriend's step-father Sergio and mother, Caroline, who surprised me with tickets for the concert. Another huge THANK YOU to you both ! Naturally, the very first thing that came to mind when I found out I would be going to the concert was my outfit. It has become a tradition at all Lady Gaga concerts that fans a.k.a Little Monsters dress up to imitate the intricate star. Many take inspiration from her music videos to re-create her iconic ensembles. In the past I have embodied her Diet Coke can hair roller look from "Telephone", as well as her "Born This Way" costume she wore at the Grammy Awards when she emerged from the infamous egg. This year I was inspired by her music video "Lady is a Tramp", in which she collaborated with Tony Bennett. 

It was so much fun creating this look! To make the dress I purchased a black lace body suit from American Apparel to wear as the bodice. For the skirt,  I used a black lace table cloth which I purchased from the Dollar Store. I sewed this to the body suit, creating a gorgeous long train in the back of the dress, just as the original Haute Couture gown designed by Tom Ford in 2011. What Ford calls the "Black Floral Chantilly Lace Evening Dress with Jet Detail" retails for thousands of dollars and I re-created it for $51 total. Proof you can be cheap and chic! 

Next I had to emulate the hair and make-up to complete my Gaga look. I love getting creative with make-up and it comes naturally to me since I've always loved to paint and draw since I was a young child. My high school art teacher never agreed with me, but I truly believe make-up artistry is just like painting, however upon a three dimensional canvas. The "Lady is a Tramp" make-up was fairly simple to accomplish, yet the final product was very dramatic. 

The spectacle itself was absolutely incredible, being more of a Broadway Show than a typical rock/pop concert. Gaga brought spectators into a fictitious land of "Government Owned Alien Territory", with a gigantic medieval castle filling the platform of the stage to set the mood. The "Born This Way Ball" went on to include a floating, talking head, a human made horse, a huge blown up belly and legs, dawned in fishnet tights and high heels, which gave birth to the superstar and a motorcycle in which you lay down on your stomach to drive, to name just a few of the show's jaw-dropping features.

(Photo courtesy of Lady Gaga's official Facebook page)

I was extremely fortunate to have caught this performance in particular, as unfortunately Lady Gaga had to cancel the remainder of her tour the next day due to a prolonged injury she had been trying to ignore. Gaga has now had surgery to what has been discovered to be a labral tear to her right hip and is following doctor's strict orders of rest for the injury to heal. 
As a true fan I wish Mother Monster a quick and successful recovery and look forward to her anticipated new album "Art Pop". 
-Amy Lee

                          My boyfriend, Alex and I enjoying ourselves at the show

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