Video: Did Lady Gaga Rip Off French Artist Colette?

New clip shows striking similarities

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Lady Gaga performs during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square.
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French street artist Colette believes that Lady Gaga lifted her ideas and used them for the window displays of her Gaga's Workshop at Barney's department store in New York. In Josh Gilbert's short film, "Looking for Lady Gaga," Colette arrives by night at Barney's doorstep wearing a flouncy, Victorian, white fur-trimmed dress and cloak, possibly in deliberate parallel of the outfit that Gaga herself wore for the Workshop's ribbon-cutting ceremony. The video features a brief montage of images that display the similarities of Colette's Seventies window art installations with Gaga's current displays, to rather convincing effect.

"No one is doing anything about it," Colette tells us at one point in the clip, explaining that she has contacted Barney's directly and to no avail. In another, she is photographed holding a sign that reads "Thanks a lot!" in front of the department store's window displays before scrawling her name in white paint on the pavement as a statement of protest. Ironically, two curious passersby approach Colette in the video, asking if she herself is Lady Gaga.

Watch "Looking for Lady Gaga" below:

This latest controversy surrounding Lady Gaga and her creative team continues a recent spate of legal headaches and copyist claims. Only days ago, upscale nail salon Hair Room Service accused the singer's new chief manicurist Aya Fukuda of unfairly stealing the star's business from them.