Date: May 6th 2019 Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, New York)
After months away from the spotlight following A Star Is Born awards season, Lady Gaga returned to the red (well, pink) carpet as the first arrival at the event and fed the children! We've been starving for a showstopping look and we were not just starstruck - we were starSHOOK!
Taking over 15 minutes to walk the carpet, entirely alone as the first arrival of the night, Lady Gaga changed into not two, not three, but FOUR different custom looks from longtime collaborator and close friend Brandon Maxwell for quite possibly my favorite appearance of all time!
Mother Monster began draped in an incredible, oversized custom hot pink opera coat made of satin silk. The coat was completed with a 25 foot train that was carried by accompanying dancers and sprung into the air for a performance art moment. The coat was finished with clasp buttons and a full zipper along the front that would later be used to reveal the next look.
To accessorize, LG's head was draped in a huge matching bow that wrapped around her entire head. She would also later untie the bow to change her look completely.
Beneath her incredible coat, Brandon Maxwell unzipped her to reveal a black strapless ball gown. Putting a unique spin on a classic look, the satin ball gown had an angular asymmetric bustier with slight paneling to accentuate her curves. The dress was finished with incredibly oversized hips that doubled as a petticoat beneath her pink coat and held it up for a volumized shape. But in true Gaga fashion, Brandon removed one of the hips, leaving her with an asymmetric silhouette!
Removing the coat also revealed Lady Gaga's beautiful necklace for the night. Once again, LG got to premiere a new piece from Tiffany and Co's 2019 Blue Book collection. The necklace is made with ethically sourced princess-cut diamonds of over 28 total carats in a graphic, geometric choker and finished with a soft, silk-like butterfly center with wings in motion made of textured 18k yellow gold. On the red carpet, she kept the necklace rotated without the butterfly and later turned it around inside the Gala to have the butterfly on display.
Check out this behind-the-scenes sketch of the necklaces design from Tiffany and Co. on the left.
She also added a black umbrella matching those her dancers carried while holding up her train and playfully danced around the stairs of the entrance as if an ode to Singing in the Rain.
Truly the camp queen, Lady Gaga was not done changing outfits! Brandon assisted her once again in removing her ball gown to reveal a third look! Returning back to the hot pink satin of the beginning opera coat, Lady Gaga wore a floor-length column dress with thin "spaghetti" straps. The dress was expertly tailored to sit right along the floor and with this look, she brought on the accessories!
First, she added a giant brick style phone that is not actually a phone - it's a clutch! From the iconic designer Judith Leiber, Lady Gaga carried Leiber's "Black Telephone" that she opened up to reapply her lip-gloss (keep reading for the link to buy the exact gloss!) Leiber's label began in 1963 and is synonymous with novelty purses and fully crystalized creations.
She then walked around the entrance kinda busy on her clutch phone. Versions of the "Call Me Brick Phone" clutches in silver and gold Swarvoski crystals are both sold for $5,695 but the all black version LG carried is not sold online.
One of Lady Gaga's dancers then helped her put on a pair of beautiful sunglasses for a full Barbie fantasy! The ultra oversized sunnies are from UK-based Linda Farrow's collaboration with N°21 that follows the motifs of feminine oversized sunglasses revisited in a contemporary way through innovative use of acetate and unexpected detail.
Lady Gaga's frames are the "S21 C1" with super chunky, high shine Italian acetate and adorned with Swarovski crystals, finished with the logo along the arm of the frames. They are available in black, as well as tortoiseshell and gradient, for 225 euros here.
Finally, Lady Gaga unveiled her final look for the red carpet stripping down to nearly nothing, but finally exposed her incredible shoes! Created by Brandon Maxwell, Lady Gaga went back to basics in a fully crystalized black bra and black panty with black Swarvoski crystals along with matching crystalized black fishnet stockings.
On her feet, she a customized version her favorite sky-high stripper boots in matching black Swarvoski crystals. The regular Pleaser "Beyond 1020" lace boots are available in matte and patent leather starting at $118 on Amazon here and are completed with a 10 inch heel and over 6 inch platform! They were customized by little monster "HausOfGee" who has recently created Swarvoski designs for Ariana Grande, Bretman Rock, and more!
Thankfully he posted close-ups of the custom shoes on Instagram - check them out on the left!
Towards the end of her entrance, Lady Gaga's team wheeled over a custom wagon made by longtime collaborator and set designer Marla Weinhoff full of accessories. The wagon was made in matching hot pink with gold wheels and gold "Haus of Gaga" lettering. From the wagon, she added numerous Tiffany and Co rings to many of her fingers!
First she wore a 15 carat Tiffany True Ring in platinum with a diamond that's worth $1,165,000. She also wore a 6 carat pink sapphire and diamond ring (priced at $100,000), a 5 carat purple sapphire ring (priced at $70,000), a 5 carat pink spinel ring (priced at $29,000) and a 13 carat ring in platinum with rubellite and diamonds (priced at $38,000).
All in all, her rings add up to just about $1,750,000. That price does not include her yellow gold butterfly necklace.
On the wagon we can also see bags from Brandon Maxwell alongside the ring box, hair spray, sunglasses, etc. that she used in the performance art that was her entrance. In the front there are 3 of "The Champagne Bag" made in the USA of acrylic with brass hardware including the handle and a custom “B” turn-lock closure. The bag is out of stock now but was sold for $1,895 each.
She also had 2 of "The Hat Box" which is made of the same acrylic with brass hardware and was filled with pink hats (similar to her Joanne era). The bag is available for preorder for $2,495 here. All orders will be shipped within 8 weeks of order confirmation. Neither bag includes the scarf in the photos or inside contents.
Big thanks to Lady Gaga's stylists Tom Eerebout and Sandra Amador for helping pin down the fine details of all of her looks and thank you to the entire Haus of Gaga that helped make the MET Gala happen - us monsters are so grateful and amazed by your work!
BONUS: Lady Gaga's glam squad created an amazing look and revealed all the details so keep reading for the links to buy all the products! Her longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno painted her for the event, and got to walk the carpet with her in part of her performance art entrance. As a Global Artistry Ambassador for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sarah used entirely Marc Jacobs Beauty products, except for the incredible synthetic eyelashes.
Prepping the skin is always the most important step in any makeup no matter how clean or how intense so Sarah started with the first ever Marc Jacobs Beauty skincare product, "Youthquake" Skin Moisturizer ($59). It is a multitasking moisturizer, with powerful pineapple enzymes and encapsulated sodium hyaluronate, that provides deep hydration for a glowing, makeup-ready canvas .Sarah adds "it's the perfect start to add hydration and plump the skin before makeup."
Instead of foundation, Sarah used entirely "Accomplice" Concealer and Touch-Up Sticks ($32) which is sold in 17 different shades, however the exact shades used on Lady Gaga were not revealed. She then set her face by topping the skin with the "Accomplice" Instant Blurring Beauty Powder ($49). This soft focus powder creates a natural glow and comes with a built-in brush.
Keeping the skin balanced and beautiful, Sarah made the focus on her intense eye makeup. In the waterline she used the "Highliner" Gel Eye Crayon ($25) in the shade Pink of Me to exaggerate the eyes. She then defined and lined the eyes with the same eyeliner but in the shade Blaquer. Finishing up, she went over the black eyeliner with "Magic Marc'er" Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($30) also in the shade Blaquer.
Before applying her statement lashes, Sarah coated Mother Monster's in the Haus of Gaga's favorite "Velvet Noir" Major Volume Mascara ($26). It is also sold in a travel size for the on-the-go girl! The metallic gold lashes were handmade by Nicky Andrea for Sarah and Lady Gaga and are not available for purchase.
On her lips, they used the 16 hour luxe longwear "Le Marc" Liquid Lip Crayon ($32) in the shade Flaming-Oh! to perfectly match the pink silk satin of her beginning opera coat and column dress. They then topped the lips with Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Sweet Escape! which she reapplied on the pink carpet during her third look.
BONUS: Lady Gaga's hair artist, who she has worked with since 2008(!!), Frederic Aspiras created the perfect look for all 4 of her outfits. Inspired by one of herost iconic hair styles that truly stands out as a note of camp-style, Frederic decided to deconstruct her iconic blonde bob and hair bows with a new rippled wave shape and multiple mini hair bows. As an Artist Ambassador for Joico and Good Hair Day (ghd), Freddy used entirely their products to create and style this MET Gala look.
Now how to get the look yourself: Start by applying Joico Defy Damage Protective Shield ($20.99) to damp hair and comb through for even distribution and protection. Then use Joico Blonde Life Brilliant Tone Violet Smoothing Foam ($21.99), starting at the roots and combing through.
Next, blow dry the hair with ghd's Air Hair Dryer ($199) and the small Natural Bristle Radial Brush ($40) with a 1.1 inch barrel.
Then, using the ghd Platinum+ Styler ($249) create the very defined unifromed waves all around hair. And curl under to get that rippled bubble effect.
To make the mini hairbows, use Joico Joi Gel Firm ($14.99) and pin them in place along the crown of the head with bobby pins. Step by step guides to making hair bows (with hair or with fabric) can be found online.
To finish, comb out the bob and make smooth with two pumps of Joico Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil ($22.99). Then spray with Joico Shape and Flip Turn Finishing Spray ($16.99) to mold and to hold in place.
BONUS: Lady Gaga finished her look with some beautiful red nails. Her manicures are most recently done by Miho Okawara in Los Angeles but this time they were painted in New York City by Japanese nail artist Naomi Yasuda. You may remember Naomi from the "Poker Face" music video and the sets sold at Gaga's Workshop, at Barney's New York back in 2012.
A red manicure matches any outfit and in this case it needed to match 4 different looks - so LG and Naomi went with "Big Apple Red" by O·P·I. This bright, shiny red nail polish, is ready to take on the world and is available for $10.50 here!
By Terran Warden