Celebrity Behold: Lady Gaga's Most Gaga Looks Ever When it comes to fashion, the superstar isn't afraid to take risks. By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on February 1, 2023 @ 08:13AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Unlike most celebrities who slowly transform their style into something more daring, Lady Gaga stepped onto the scene ready to turn heads. She showed up on red carpets wearing bodysuits and with her hair tied in a bow — and little did we know, that would only be the beginning of the singer's bold, out-there looks. Over the years, Gaga has treated her style as an extension of her art, never being afraid to push the envelope or make us wonder what, exactly, inspired a certain ensemble (some outfits are harder to figure out than others). We still talk about her iconic meat dress and the time she wore stuffed Kermit the Frogs from head to toe — and, to be honest, we'll probably never stop. The best part? We've also seen Lady Gaga pull a 180, wearing more elegant and classic ensembles while promoting her acting projects. It's entirely possible for her to pull off both. Lady Gaga's Beauty Evolution, From Aspiring Singer to Cultural Icon Ahead, we're looking back at some of Gaga's most "gaga" looks. Hopefully, she'll keep 'em coming. 01 of 35 The Meat Dress Jon Kopaloff/WireImage Lady Gaga credited her jaw-droppingly raw VMA ensemble with a deeper political meaning. "If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights pretty soon, we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones," the singer said on Ellen. "And I am not a piece of meat." The beautifully constructed garment was less weighty than the message. "She said it was her most comfortable dress of the night," Franc Fernandez, its creator, told MTV.com. "I'm guessing it weighed around forty pounds. It's built on a corset, so the weight is distributed on her chest." Lady Gaga Discussed Her Controversial Meat Dress, 11 Years Later 02 of 35 The Nun's Habit Kevin Mazur/WireImage For her 2010 Lollapalooza performance, the singer made a habit out of a pannier-flaunting Rachael Barrett design and a winged headdress. 03 of 35 The Lace Catsuit Stephen Lovekin/Getty Saint or sinner? For Marc Jacob's Spring 2010 after-party, Gaga added a religious art-inspired halo of hair to a very revealing red lace body stocking. 04 of 35 The Tribute Steve Granitz/WireImage In honor of her late friend, designer Alexander McQueen, Gaga made her 2010 VMAs entrance in a regal gown from his namesake line. She accessorized with a feathered headpiece from Philip Treacy and uniformed guards. Lady Gaga Went Pantless in a Purple Poncho 05 of 35 The VMA Tour de Force Amy Sussman/Getty; Christopher Polk/Getty; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage Lady Gaga got the world's attention at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with six costume changes. She added an Alex Noble lace headpiece to a chiffon-topped white dress for the after-party (left), a Jean Paul Gaultier sculpted one-piece (along with Viktor & Rolf boots) backstage (right), and wore a sheer vintage Alexander McQueen number and a Haus of Gaga crown to pick up one of her three awards (center). 06 of 35 The Ballgown Kevin Mazur/WireImage For Elton John's annual White Tie and Tiara Ball, Gaga chose a pearl-embellished latex gown by Francesco Scognamiglio. She accessorized the translucent design with Viktor & Rolf, Noritaka Tatehana platforms, and diamonds, sapphires, and pearls from Chopard. 07 of 35 The Kermit Coat BULLS/Fame Pictures It's Kermie! For an appearance on German television, Gaga wore a Muppet-covered Jean-Charles de Castelbajac creation complete with matching headband. "I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life," she said during the interview. "I dress this way because my whole life is art and my whole life is performance." Kermit evidently enjoyed the tribute; the famous frog later escorted the singer to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. All the Best Red Carpet Looks from the 2022 VMAs 08 of 35 The Armani Collection Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Dan MacMedan/WireImage; Steve Granitz/WireImage Giorgio Armani stepped in to costume the Lady for the 2010 Grammys, saying, "She is a modern fashion phenomenon." He designed a crystal-covered strong-shouldered leotard for her performance (left), and a sheer bodysuit that was topped with a Saturn-inspired iridescent gown for the red carpet (center) and a sculptured ultra-mini for backstage (right), worn with a Philip Treacy for Armani Prive headdress. "The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic," Lady Gaga said in a statement. "They represent not only beautiful fashion but my spirit and essence as an artist." 09 of 35 The Veil Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The 1940s met the 1740s when Lady Gaga was honored at the 2009 Accessories Council Excellence Awards. She topped her towering Marie Antoinette wig with an Erickson Beamon lace headpiece and added a lingerie-inspired Marc Jacobs ensemble and John Galliano heels. Her final touch was an overall dusting of white powder. Forget the '90s — This Spring, It's All About '40s Fashion 10 of 35 The Hair Bow Dave M. Benett/Getty Classic Gaga: the singer wore what would become her signature hair bow, along with a simple satin dress and hot-pink heels for the Nokia 5800 launch party. The star told MTV that she made the accessory herself, using inexpensive hair extensions: "I tied it up in a bow, and then you can just bobby pin it to your hair." 11 of 35 The Tea Dress WENN The singer looked fresh in London wearing a Viktor & Rolf sheath covered in handmade silk flowers. Her accessories included a straw boater, fuchsia granny boots, Charles Anastase for Linda Farrow sunglasses, and a stuffed animal version of the British Children in Need mascot, Pudsey the Bear. 12 of 35 The Bow Redux Bryan Bedder/Getty For the launch of Vevo, Lady Gaga softened her style — without losing her edge — in a flowing lilac Valentino gown and a blush bow wig. Look No Further — These Are the 20 Best Wigs on Amazon, According to Customer Reviews 13 of 35 The Hair Hat Mirrorpix/SplashNewsOnline.com Japanese designer Nagi Noda designed the singer's face-shielding button hat, which she wore with waist-length extensions and a bold-shouldered jacket. 14 of 35 The Orbit Dana Edelson/NBC Universal, Inc. "Tonight in the spirit of fashion week, Haus of Gaga premieres fashion installation, 'The Orbit,'" Lady Gaga tweeted before her 2009 appearance on SNL. The metal creation, which was made in collaboration with designer Nasir Mahzar, rotated around the star during her performance. 15 of 35 The Opera Cape Mike Marsland/WireImage She covered up for the 2010 Brit Awards in a tiered neoprene and silk creation from Francesco Scognamiglio. She complemented the flounced gown with a lace mask by Philip Treacy and a towering bouffant. Lady Gaga Does Leopard Print the Ladylike Way 16 of 35 The Origami Originals Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic; Larry Marano/Getty Inspired by '80s design legend Thierry Mugler, the singer's 2008 House of Gaga dresses bristled with origami shapes. Perhaps due to this handy homage, the star's stylist Nicola Formichetti was named creative director of the Thierry Mugler brand, starting with the Fall 2011 collection. 17 of 35 The Hair Dress Tyrone Kerr/FilmMagic This blonde really had some fun! For the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards, she paired a braided bustier with a shaggy hair skirt and completed the look with a matching poodle bag and Raphael Young cutout boots. 18 of 35 The Antler Hat Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic Gaga got wild in a molded silicone dress from Rachael Barrett. Gilded Glamour or Not, Sheer Dresses Were Still a Major Trend at the 2022 Met Gala 19 of 35 The Prickly Wig Steven Lawton/FilmMagic For this look, Lady Gaga channeled Joan Crawford in a wig/picture hat and an Olima lace dress with '40s-chic padded shoulders. 20 of 35 The Biker Look Kevin Mazur/WireImage In 2010, she hit the amfAR New York Gala in a pearl-encrusted bikini and motorcycle jacket by Haus of Gaga. The MAC Viva Glam spokeswoman dotted her face with additional iridescent orbs. The 10 Best MAC Products of All Time 21 of 35 The Black and White Dress Neil Mockford/FilmMagic Here, Gaga wears a chiffon-tiered Ingrid Vlasov gown complete with leather gloves. The simple black-and-white palette complements the avant-garde design perfectly. 22 of 35 The Elizabethan Gown Leon Neal/WPA Pool/Getty Gaga brought a little Queen Elizabeth I along to meet Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in London. Designer Atsuko Kudo told Gaga Fashionland that the latex gown (and its matching ruff collar) took seven workers two weeks to complete. 23 of 35 The Big Coif Kristy Sparow/WireImage The superstar performed in Paris under a canopy of human hair created by Charlie le Mindu. Lady Gaga Matched Her Hair to Her Dress at the 2019 Golden Globes 24 of 35 The Living Dress Kristy Sparow/Getty "2nite Haus of Gaga debuts 'the living dress' inspired by Hussein Chalayan, as a fashion moment to be performed at Monsterball," tweeted Lady Gaga. Imitating the Turkish designer's high-tech creations, the shape-shifting opalescent gown unfurled while Gaga sang "I'm So Happy I Could Die." 25 of 35 The Graduation Look SplashNewsOnline.com For her sister's high school graduation from Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart, Lady Gaga went incognito as only Lady Gaga can. She added a not-so-identity-obscuring veiled hat and a Chanel bag to a sheer lace On Aura Tout Vu jumpsuit. 26 of 35 The Telephone Chapeau Brian J. Ritchie/Hotsauce/Rex Ring, ring! Gaga chatted with British talk show host Jonathan Ross in a Giorgio Armani Prive outfit and an inventive Philip Treacy hat. 27 of 35 The Super Bowl Ensemble TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Gaga donned a metallic jumpsuit with exaggerated shoulder pads for her big entrance at the 2017 Super Bowl. The main event, however, was not her outfit, but her spectacular "leap" from the top of the stadium down onto her stage in the middle of the field. Lady Gaga's Makeup Artist on Creating a Stage Look and Sweat-Proofing Everything 28 of 35 The Dishwasher Gloves Jason Merritt/TERM/Getty Images The singer shined at the 2015 Oscars in a structured, custom Azzedine Alaia gown, but all eyes were on her bright red accessories — two gloves, that looked like the kind one would wash dishes in. At least they matched her hair accessory! 29 of 35 The Bra-as-Shirt Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Gaga donned this crop top, which exposed a bit of underboob and her toned abs. Plus we're loving the rocker-chic spiked sleeves, chain-link adorned hot pants, and the fishnet tights worn under sky-high patent leather OTK boots. Everything Lady Gaga Has Ever Worn to the Grammys 30 of 35 The No-Pants Power Look Ron Galella/Getty Images While Lady Gaga has embraced classic gowns over the past few years, for the 2016 Met Gala, she was back to her old, daring ways. The star stayed true to the theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology — skipping pants and wearing a metallic Versace halter bra, high-waisted shorts, and a jacket that resembled a circuit board. Of course, those sky-high platforms deserve a shoutout, too! 31 of 35 The Regal Star Is Born Samir Hussein/Getty Images At the UK premiere of A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga was ready to rule the red carpet when she showed up in an Elizabethan-inspired Alexander McQueen look. 32 of 35 Met Gala Barbie Karwai Tang / WireImage The Met Gala is Lady Gaga's playground. At the 2019 fête celebrating camp, she donned four separate outfits. This hot pink slip gown — a cross between pop art and Barbiecore — was her final look. Lady Gaga Showed Up to the Met Gala in Over a Million Dollars Worth of Jewels 33 of 35 Fashionaut Kevin Winter / Getty Images Gaga was on theme with her astronaut-inspired attire at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. Everything from her dress's metallic finish to her transparent helmet pays homage to the award show's moon person statue. 34 of 35 House of Gucci Samir Hussein / WireImage When Italian glamour meets Lady Gaga, the result is head-turning. At the UK Premiere Of House of Gucci, Gaga made quite the entrance in this flowy purple number complete with her signature platform boots. Lady Gaga's Super-High Slit Wasn't the Only Surprise in Her Latest Red Carpet Look 35 of 35 Hollywood Glamour Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic When Gaga stepped out at the SAG awards, we almost had to do a double take. Swapping out her usual over-the-top outfits for this elegant Armani Privé gown, she oozed Old Hollywood glamour.