It’s safe to say that, like Barbie, Lady Gaga is a woman of many talents and personalities, be it racking up chart-topping pop singles for her expansive oeuvre or receiving a Golden Globe award for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. So with a breadth of work that spans collaborations with everyone from Elton John, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé, Ryan Murphy, Angela Bassett, Nicola Formichetti, and the late Alexander McQueen, among other icons of their respective disciplines, comes the responsibility of honoring their work.
That’s precisely why when it comes to the red carpet, Gaga opts to shine the light away from herself and onto the subject at hand. Yes, this is the same beauty that once famously accepted a VMA in a meat dress. However, a quick look at her most recent outfits proves that the Lady dresses for the occasion.
Take, for instance, the ultra shimmery Alessandra Michele-designed custom Gucci suit she rocked to the 2016 Super Bowl earlier this month. The performance was a hit and, naturally, her look, complete with sky-high platform heels that paid homage to the American flag, reflected what she was there to do: sing "The Star Spangled Banner." In another example of her ability to transform, Gaga channeled the killer Countess in a crimson one-shouldered dress for the L.A. premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel back in October. She also turned to the camera and gave the same monstrous death stare the character put forward on screen.
For Brandon Maxwell’s fall 2016 show, the talent stuck to an all-black Maxwell-designed ensemble that buzzed talk about his new, sophomore collection. A few nights later, she channeled Marc Jacobs’s dark, Victorian-like muses and walked in the designer’s latest showdown. Again, it wasn’t about what Gaga felt like wearing, but rather, what best helped reflect the given affair.
So which Gaga can we expect to see come Oscars night on Sunday? The 29-year-old household name is set to perform her and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens To You,” an emotional ballad written for sexual assault victims that’s also nominated for Best Original Song from The Hunting Ground. Considering the tune’s topic is rather serious, we expect Gaga to keep things minimal, opting for a solid-toned, somewhat conservative piece that’ll let the lyrics do the talking, like she did in the custom Christian Siriano number she rocked to the 2016 Oscar nominees luncheon (above). Don’t expect an over-the-top, “what did Gaga wear?” moment.
Below, a closer look at the ensembles that prove Lady Gaga not only dresses for the occasion, but changes based on whether she’s among A-listers in the acting or music worlds.
2015 Grammys vs. 2015 Emmys
Though the Grammys have proven to be where Gaga often amps up the kitsch, Gaga turned to stylist and designer Brandon Maxwell for her sexy, sparkly silver design at the 2015 awards show (above, left). She channeled a crooner of yesteryear. After all, she was in the midst of promoting Cheek to Cheek and later took the stage to sing the hit with jazz icon Tony Bennett. Her look at the Emmys, however, paid homage to Old Hollywood and helped stake her claim as a certified TV actress. The black Maxwell design was elegant and her hair maintained a classic vibe (above, right).
2010 Grammys vs. 2014 Oscars
Gaga performed a mashup of hits like “Poker Face” at the 2010 Grammys, where she arrived in a custom Armani Prive piece that kicked up the high fashion (above, left). At the 2014 Oscars, Gaga tapped friend Donatella Versace to create this custom, strapless beauty (above, right). At the time, Gaga was the face of Versace’s spring 2014 campaign.
2016 Grammys vs. 2016 Golden Globes
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an otherworldly look on Gaga, but the Lady truly brought it at the 2016 Grammys, where she arrived in a custom Marc Jacobs ensemble with bright orange hair that honored David Bowie (above, left). Meanwhile, her Golden Globe-winning gown, a custom Atelier Versace piece, proved that her nod to Marilyn Monroe and legendary actresses earned her a chair in the actor’s inner circle (above, right).
2015 Oscars vs. 2011 Grammys
Before sweeping the show with her outstanding tribute to The Sound of Music, Gaga arrived to the 2015 Oscars in an Azzedine Alaia number that we think Julie Andrews most certainly approved of (above, left). To promote her then new album Born This Way at the 2011 Grammys, Gaga tapped artist Hussein Chalayan to help her arrive in a translucent vessel (above, right). She proceeded to later figuratively hatch on stage and perform the hit for the world.