Lady Gaga has access to every major fashion designer on the planet, but when it’s time to leave a lasting impression on the red carpet, the six-time Grammy Award-winning beauty turns to best friend designer Brandon Maxwell for help. That’s exactly what she did at the 88th Academy Awards where, as we predicted, Gaga arrived in a stunning, off-the-shoulder voluminous jumpsuit with rippled detailing that extended past the waist and onto the floor as a dress train would.
Similar to the classic, Old Hollywood-like look she sported to the 2015 Emmys, Gaga’s Oscars ensemble was paired with simple, dangling earrings and a parted, waved ‘do that hearkens back to Marilyn Monroe’s heyday. For the Golden Globe-winning actress, the night is all about paying tribute to victims of sexual assault, which she’ll do the moment she takes the stage to perform her Oscar-nominated song, “’Til It Happens to You.”
“It’s such an important song to me. One in five women will be raped before the time they finish college. One in 20 men will be raped before the time they finish their schooling at their university,” she told ABC on the carpet. "It’s something that is deeply connected to my heart. I am myself a survivor. [Songwriter] Diane Warren is herself a survivor of sexual violence and we are here tonight, very grateful to the Academy for giving us this world stage to reward survivors for being brave and coming forward. So I'm just really happy to be here. I feel very lucky and blessed."
So how did Maxwell design a piece that’s not only gorgeous, but also lends way for such an impactful message? “This was designed by my stylist and best friend designer Brandon Maxwell, and he spent an entire week making five custom dresses for me and we chose this one yesterday,” she added. Signs pointed in the Maxwell direction Saturday night, when Gaga also turned to the designer for a two-toned experimental statement maker at the Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscar dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Good luck tonight, Gaga.