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Lady Gaga’s Fashion Icons

Madonna, Elton John and more monster influences

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Before Lady Gaga

Central Image Agency/FilmMagic (Gaga), Brenda Chase/Getty Images (Stefani)

Lady Gaga in 2011, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt in 1998.

Lady Gaga Mermaid yuyi Bette Midler Mermaid Delores Delago

Wendy Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images (Midler), The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images(Gaga)

Mermaids on Wheels

Bette Midler performs in 1978 as her wheelchair bound mermaid character Delores Delago. Lady Gaga performs in Sydney, Australia as her mermaid alter ego Yuyi, July 13, 2011.

Sheer Sparkle

Galella/WireImage (Cher), Mazur/WireImage (Gaga)

Sheer Sparkle

Cher attends the Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design Exhibition in New York City, November 20, 1974.

Lady Gaga attends a Grammy after party in Santa Monica, California, January 31, 2010.

Stiff and Spiked

GAB Archive/Redferns (Labelle), Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage (Gaga)

Stiff and Spiked

Patti LaBelle photographed in the 1980s.

Lady Gaga performs at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City, November 27, 2009.

Naval Officer Chic

Mazur/WireImage for MAC Cosmetics (Gaga), Kramer/WireImage (Elton)

Naval Officer Chic

Elton John performs in the 1970s.

Lady Gaga performs at Cipriani in New York City, February 10, 2010.

Fabulous Furs

L. Busacca/WireImage (Liberace)

Fabulous Furs

Lady Gaga wearing a faux polar bear fur coat in her Bad Romance video by designer Benjamin Cho in 2009.

Liberace performing at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, 1985.

Leopard Print and Hair Dye

Sato/WireImage(Gaga), Cooke/Redferns (Eno)

Leopard Print and Hair Dye

Lady Gaga in Tokyo, Japan, August 8, 2009.

Brian Eno of Roxy Music photographed in London at the Royal College of Art, July 5, 1972.

Gracious Gowns

Rufino/The CW (Gaga), Galella/WireImage (Jones)

Gracious Gowns

Lady Gaga appears on Gossip Girl in October of 2009.

Grace Jones performing on New Year's Eve at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, December 31, 1987.

Pop Habit

Kay/Express/Getty (Faithfull), Splash News (Gaga)

Pop Habit

Marianne Faithfull performing at the Marquee Club in London, October 21, 1973.

Lady Gaga performing in Manchester, June 2, 2010.

Dark and Stormy

Michael Ochs Archive/Getty (Cher), Heidi Slimane/Interscope (Gaga)

Dark and Stormy

Cher photographed in the 1970s.

Lady Gaga photographed in October of 2009.

Silver and Spacey

Dickson/Redferns (Labelle), Kambouris/WireImage (Gaga)

Silver and Spacey

Patti LaBelle photographed in 1974.

Lady Gaga at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, September 13, 2009.

Golden Cones

Nunez/WireImage (Gaga), Smeal/WireImage (Madonna)

Golden Cones

Lady Gaga in New York City, November 2, 2009.

Madonna performing in Los Angeles, May 11, 1990.

Jeweled Headgear

Bank/WireImage (Gaga), Smeal/WireImage (Kim)

Jeweled Headgear

Lady Gaga in New York City, May 13, 2010.

Lil' Kim at the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, March 14th, 1990.

Fishnets & Nipple Tape

Boyd/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty (Kim), Mazur/WireImage for RED (Gaga)

Fishnets & Nipple Tape

Lil' Kim performing in the 1990s.

Lady Gaga performing at Carnegie Hall, October 4, 2009.

Bloody Murder

Fireman/Redferns (Peaches), Sparrow/Getty (Gaga)

Bloody Murder

Peaches performs at Heaven in London, September 18, 2003.

Lady Gaga performs in Paris, May 21, 2010.

Beyond the Bubble

Angel/Redferns (Gabriel), Polk/FilmMagic (Gaga)

Beyond the Bubble

Peter Gabriel of Genesis performing in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1970s.

Lady Gaga performing at the House of Blues in Boston, May 4, 2009.

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