21 Applause-Worthy Facts About Lady Gaga's Eye-Popping Fashion

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6. Before she could afford luxury brands, Gaga copied a Hussein Chalayan creation during her Fame Ball tour. 

Her plastic bubble dress was inspired by the designer’s 2007 spring show. When she didn't have the funds to purchase it, she had her Haus of Gaga team come up with their own rendition. A year later on her Monster Ball tour, she over-spent on her wardrobe, causing her $3 million in debt. This year, the singer one-upped Chalayan in a dress made of bubble machines.

7. Lady Gaga's holographic "Bad Romance" outfit was created by Alexander McQueen and brought iconic status to his armadillo shoe.
The singer, one of the designer's muses, debuted the final version of the song on his spring 2010 runway — the last collection he was alive to present. Two years later, Gaga honored the late designer in the special edition Born This Way song "Fashion of His Love" and then sold chocolate versions of McQueen's signature shoe for $95 a pop at her holiday workshop for Barney's New York.

8. Gaga's braided hairy dress likely took inspiration from a shaggy blonde coat from Maison Martin Margiela’s spring 2009 show.
Gaga stepped out in hairy dresses again in 2010 and 2012.

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9. About the meat dress: It weighed 50 pounds, didn’t drip any blood, and, according to its wearer, it "had a sweet smell."
Franc Fernandez designed the dress, sourcing the meat from his family's butcher. He'll probably never live it down, but at least it earned him a placard in a museum. The dress was put on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s "Women Who Rock" exhibit, alongside another VMA outfit worn by Britney Spears and a fur stole belonging to Billie Holiday. But as Stylite notes, before that happened, it "had to be painted over to look 'fresh' because, as the museum's spokeswoman said, it had acquired a 'dark, beef jerky' coloring."

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10. Gaga's famous telephone hat was designed by Philip Treacy, who was also responsible for Princess Beatrice's polarizing Royal Wedding topper — and the headwear worn in the "Alejandro" video.
The singer wore it shortly before her "Telephone" duet with Beyoncé was released. Around that time, Lady Gaga requested an internship with the milliner. He asked that she brush up on her sewing skills first. Two years later, she opened his spring 2013 show. 

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