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Some (Not So) Serious Fashion Analysis Of Lady Gaga's "Applause" Music Video

All the zany looks — applause-worthy or not — and the popular cultural reference points Gaga's likely appropriating.

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It's directed by much-renowned fashion photographers Inez von Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who are clearly having a whale of a time making Gaga look silly.


Inspired by: nothing in particular. Gaga just wants to let us all know she's ready to be seen in skimpy undies again.


Inspired by: Little Edie Beale, those parachute games you used to play at summer camp when it rained, and a small dose of sorcery/mustard gas.

Hopefully not mustard gas though, because that's not very healthy.


Inspired by: any of those times when Tyra Banks arbitrarily ordered a would-be model to bleach her brows as part of the Top Model makeover experience.

Pictured here: Cycle 13 hopeful Erin Wagner, who is also wearing a bikini woven out of rope. How you like that, Gaga?


And also inspired by: Vogue's international Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles. Bear with me on this one.


At first glance it's more inspired by Tilda Swinton's artful androgyny, but that floppy fringe is very Hamish.

Anyway, this is the look for the obligatory raunchy dance number, naturally, which in turn is just the sort of project Anna Wintour would ask Hamish to take on as his latest bout of stunt reportage.


Inspired by: Mata Hari meets the singing flower sellers in Covent Garden market circa Oliver.

Also, there are shades of Florence Welch/Marina Abramovic's mournful performance art.


Note Gaga's matching clam shell panties. Inspired by: what Mean Girls' Karen Smith would wear to a Halloween party if she'd dressed as Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus."

Sadly this won't ever happen, because 1) Karen Smith isn't real, and 2) even if she was, she'd think Botticelli was a type of pasta and carbs are bad, duh.

See the video in full here, if you enjoy that sort of thing.

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