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How Lady Gaga's Style Has Evolved Over the Past Decade

2007: Pre-Platinum Gaga

Before Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, made it big, she didn’t sport her breakout platinum blonde ‘do. She decided to bleach her hair so she wouldn’t be confused with fellow brunette Amy Winehouse.

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2009: The Bubble Dress

This short frock Lady Gaga wore during her performance at the 2009 Grammy Celebration Concert in Boston was inspired by a Hussein Chalayan design, and was followed by a matching bubble piano and a bubble vest. If you haven’t seen this number on Gaga, maybe you’ll remember it on Andy Samberg or Tina from Glee

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2009: The Streets of Manhattan

Here we have classic Lady Gaga, just taking a casual stroll down the streets of Manhattan, underwear on top of her clothes...although I don't think she knows where a hairnet goes.

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2009: Performance at Skylight Studio

Lady Gaga put a pretty little bow on the VEVO launch at Sklight Studio back in December 2009 with her performance.

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2009: The Not-So-Virgin Mary

A year before the iconic meat dress, Lady Gaga solidified her controversial brand with this Virgin Mary-inspired outfit at the launch of V61, hosted by V Magazine, Marc Jacobs, and Belvedere Vodka in September 2009.

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2009: Fashion Week

Lady Gaga attended the Marc Jacobs 2010 looking like she was going to hold the place up at gunpoint. Instead, she posed with Madonna.

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2009: MTV VMAs

No one will forget the day that Lady Gaga won her first MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, mostly because she accepted the award while wearing this...ensemble.

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2009: MTV VMAs "Paparazzi" Performance

In what is, perhaps, one of the greatest musical performances of all time, Gaga began her song "Paparazzi" at the 2009 MTV VMAs in what seemed to be an otherwise typical pop production. Near the end of the performance, Gaga's outfit spontaneously begins to bleed as she is lifted above the stage in a death scene as a commentary on how the rabid culture of fame literally harms its celebrities. (Remember, this was just one year removed from Britney's high-profile meltdown.)

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2009: IFA Fair

Sia, is that you?? Several years before Sia hit it big, Lady Gaga donned the now-iconic platinum wig and sunglasses at the IFA Fair in Berlin.

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2009: MuchMusic Video Awards Performance

Like Britney Spears before her and Katy Perry after her, Lady Gaga used her assets to create a spark that would get people talking, yet again.

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2010: Lollapalooza

Lady Gaga performed at the 2010 Lollapalooza music festival, giving us classic Gaga vibes with her yellow wig, sequin glasses, and fishnet stockings.

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2010 Brit Awards

Maybe she was campaigning for a role in a reboot of Phantom of the Opera, or maybe she's just being Gaga. 

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2010: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Red Carpet

The 2010 Grammys was a big night for Gaga style-wise. She changed outfits several times, setting the tone first with this space-inspired gown on the red carpet. Notice the shoes—how does she manage to walk at all???

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2010: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Performance

Is it Kesha? Is it David Bowie? No, it's Lady Gaga performing at the 2010 Grammys...sidenote, how can we get the name of her waxer???

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2010: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

The men sitting around Gaga in this photo look like they're thinking what I think we're all thinking...

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2010: The (Infamous) Meat Dress

If you’ve never laid eyes on Lady Gaga’s edible arrangement, then I’m questioning where you’ve been the last nine years. The dress has been the butt of endless jokes on and offline, but you may be surprised to learn about the message behind the ensemble. Lady Gaga herself said the dress was a tribute to soldiers discharged because of their sexuality. Gaga urged people not to discriminate against the men and women who put their lives on the line for America, because “when our lives are taken, we are meat all the same.” 

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2011: Jo Calderone at the MTV VMAs

Lady Gaga’s short-lived alter ego channeled greaser coolness at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. She arrived to the awards show as Jo Calderone, an Italian-American from New Jersey, and remained completely in character throughout the night. Jo has been featured in Vogue Hommes Japan and was in the music video for “You and I”. 

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2011: Madison Square Garden

She was performing at Madison Square Garden, so I guess she wanted to keep in line with the "square" theme...

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2013: Christmas in London

No one does Christmas like Gaga does Christmas!

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2013: Streets of London

Yet again, Lady Gaga blesses the streets with her larger-than-life couture; this time, the streets are in London. 

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2013: A Picasso Painting in Real Life

London must be where Lady Gaga feels the most inspired, because in the same December 2013 trip she brought Picasso's paintings to the London streets.

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2013: "Artpop" Press Conference in Tokyo

Gaga truly embraced Tokyo culture when she visited to promote her "Artpop" album back in 2013.

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2013: 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Gaga channeled Tilda Swinton and the mad hatter for this iconic look at the 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

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2013: YouTube Music Awards

Gaga attended the 2013 YouTube Music Awards with fake teeth and no pants.

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2013: Hotel in London

All celebrities know to stay out of the sun. Most just slather on some SPF, but Lady Gaga chooses to wear an umbrella for a hat.

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2013: Barefoot in Berlin

The street is obviously Lady Gaga's runway, but going barefoot in Berlin is a new level of bold.

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2013: Berlin (Again)

The promotion for Lady Gaga's album Artpop got a little weird in Berlin. Here, it looks like Gaga took a couch from the '70s and turned it into a dress.

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2013: iTunes Festival Performance

It may seem like Lady Gaga was channeling the little mermaid during her 2013 performance at the iTunes Festival, but her inspiration was actually The Birth of Venus by Sandro Bottticelli.

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2013: MTV VMAs

Gaga donned a literal blank slate to start this VMA performance. But don't worry, things got weirder (and less covered) from here.

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2014: Pretty in Pink

The extravagant attire of The Fame days has temporarily been shelved. Exhibit A: Lady Gaga stepping out in a subdued pink suit by Christian Cowan-Sanluis. While the rest of us wouldn’t call an outfit covered in glitter “subdued”, it’s a relatively tame choice for the Grammy-winning pop star.

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2014: Club in Paris

Like Arya Stark, Lady Gaga stuck 'em with the pointy end while in Paris. (Side note, you should definitely look up the video of Gaga getting out of her car and inflating.

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2014: Gimpo International Airport in South Korea

Lady Gaga always makes sure to immerse herself in the culture wherever she goes...although the teal glitter dots on her face were just for kicks and giggles.

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2014: Narita International Airport

Look, it's The Birth of Venus: The Sequel. 

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2014: Roseland Ballroom

Yeti Gaga? The Abominable Snow Lady? 

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2014: The 86th Annual Academy Awards

Here, we really get to the beginning of Gaga's style transformation. She traded in her usual weird getups for this chic pink gown at the 2014 Oscars.

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2015: Classic Glamour at the Grammys

Although she does don a wild outfit now and again, the September 2014 release of Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek ushered in a new era of classic fashion. Just like the jazz standards on her newest album, Gaga’s red carpet looks evoke timeless style. 

2015: Leaving The Langham Hotel

Here, Gaga is clearly getting into character for her upcoming Sound of Music performance at the 2015 Oscars.

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2015: 87th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet

Stars: They wash their dishes with rubber gloves, just like us!

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2015: Sound of Music Performance at The Oscars

Gaga has always been known by the masses for her fashion choices, but after her performance at the 87th Annual Academy Awards honoring Julie Andrews, all anyone could talk about online was how she could "really sing". (Where had everyone been???)

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2015: Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet

Letting her talent do the talking at the 2015 Oscars really worked in her favor, and since then Gaga's look has been totally stripped down.

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2015: On a Private Plane

Now this outfit gives a whole new meaning to "stripped down"! She didn't wear this to an event; it's just her casual private plane style.

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2015: "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

The theme may have been "China," but Gaga looked more like a cross between Frida Kahlo and a Samurai. (Neither of those is Chinese.)

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2016: 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet

For Gaga's first major acting award (winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film), she went with a classic Hollywood glam look à la Marilyn Monroe.

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2016: 58th Annual Grammy Awards

You may think this is a return to her previously outlandish style choices. However, this outfit was an homage to Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie (a major personal influence) who had just died a month before.

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2016: Super Bowl 50

When she sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, Gaga strutted onstage in a sparkling all-red number. If you think this is a little understand for her, don't worry. She sported sparkling red eye shadow to match.

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2016: 88th Annual Academy Awards

Gaga continued her appearances throughout the 2016 awards season with classic Old Hollywood choices, like this cream pantsuit at the Oscars. She's saying "I can be normal, too. Take me seriously."

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2017: Toronto International Film Festival

The Oscars was a time to be conservative. For the premiere of her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the audience was a bit more current. So she opted for trash bag "boots?" Makes sense.

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2018: 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Remember when Rihanna wore that huge yellow dress with a tremendous train to the Met Gala in 2015? Well, now every other celebrity wants a piece of the action. Enter Lady Gaga at the 2018 Grammys.

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2018: 75th Venice Film Festival Red Carpet

A Star Is Born, and a flamingo is murdered. (Not really.) However, Gaga's look at her film premiere looked like it was made from 50 flamingos and could take flight at any moment. It's actually a nice callback to her crazy outfits a few years before but in a more refined way.

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2019: Met Gala

At the 2019 Met Gala, Lady Gaga had not one...not two...nor three...but FOUR looks! Technically, she just removed layers and layers down to her underwear. But, what else were you supposed to do as co-chair?!

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2019: 91st Annual Academy Awards

Here we are at the Oscars, again, and this time Gaga won for Best Original Song. She also performed, and (as is her Oscars tradition) opted for something a little more conservative and understated (for her). What wasn't understated was that necklace! (and the too much bronzer, but we can forgive some things.)

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2019: 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Gaga's 2019 Golden Globe dress by Valentino was lux and lavender. She also dyed her hair to match. It interesting choice.

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2018: "A Star is Born" UK Premiere Red Carpet

For A Star Is Born's UK premiere, Gaga wore a European corset-inspired ensemble that would look at home in any royal court. But it also looks like she's serving her head up on a platter.

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2018: ELLE's 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration

Gaga's decision to wear a pantsuit to an event where women were being honored was a purposeful one. During her speech, she told the audience that "In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut...I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants."

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2018: "A Star is Born" LA Premiere Red Carpet

A Hollywood premiere calls for Old Hollywood glam. Silver white hair, flowing silver dress, and a bold red lip.  This is peak "reformed" Gaga with no crazy wigs or spikes in sight!

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