Sans Pants: A Recent History of Lady Gaga's Bottomless Resurrection

A tour through the pop icon's peek-a-boo looks
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When Lady Gaga first hit the peak of her fame, much was made of her tendency to wear leotards in public, in the streets and as formal attire. It caught on; a pantsless craze caught fire, and sidewalks and clubs in New York and L.A. were ablaze with the vision of avant-minded women donning hotpants and dancewear for the entire summer of 2010 (and 2011… and?). Gaga had generally retired her leotards in recent years following a turn towards more experimental and demure clothing. But with her recent stint at NYC's Roseland Ballroom, closing the storied venue before it is demolished for condos, she brought some of the spirit of old New York — including her burlesque past — and summoned, once again, the pantsless Gaga with whom we first fell in love. Let's take a peek at the history of Stefanie Germanotta's peek-a-boo style. By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

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