Giorgio Armani’s latest collaboration with Lady Gaga sees the designer brand’s usual remit of sleek lines and classic tailoring turned dramatically on its head.
ABOVE: Giorgio Armani's first design includes a black bodice made of tubular PVC elements connected with metal studs and mirrored metal inserts. The ensemble is paired with a matching headpiece, robotic thigh-high boots, and exaggerated gloves ending in mirrored nails.
The outlandish singer has drafted in Armani to design a selection of stage costumes for her Born This Way Ball tour, which kicks off in Seoul on April 27 culminating with shows in Australia and New Zealand at the end of May.
ABOVE: Another look created via a shiny, black grid-patterned PVC bodice with matching headpiece and embroidered ankle boots. Highlights include shoulders outlined by a play of sharp spikes, black Swarovski jet crystals and flowing fringe, creating a moving architecture
“Collaborating with Lady Gaga is always an exciting experience for me,” said Armani speaking about the partnership. “I admire the way she uses fashion as a scenic element and as a means to build a character. She is an artist of many talents and great intelligence. Creating stage costumes for her is a stimulating and creative exercise.”
ABOVE: Transparent Plexiglas, black crystals and luminous studs create a Cubist-inspired composition of abstract guitars. The matching headpiece follows in the shape of a keyboard and the boots are made from black vinyl
A creative exercise indeed; the costumes focus on extreme forms (think a bodice covered in Cubist-inspired guitars with a matching keyboard headpiece) and futuristic details such as Plexiglas, PVC, Swarovski crystals and studs. Only the best for Gaga’s 'Little Monsters'.
ABOVE: The final design is a long tunic with leg-o-mutton sleeves made of skin-toned latex. Luminous PVC elements create flashes of synthetic light inside the garment. The same avant-garde lighting is featured on the triangle decorating the chest, on the headpiece, and on the platform of the matching latex ankle boots
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Picture credit: Giorgio Armani