VIEWER WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS TONS OF AMAZING PHOTOS. VIEW WITH CAUTION IF GLamour MAKES YOU DIZZY!!!
With a new album slated for release in early September, my life will now focus on live performance so I can spread the word and build up my fan base.
You may think I’ll spend most of my time working with my band and practicing moves with my choreographer, but that would be forgetting how much time I’m going to devote to working with one of the most important players in any live-performers pen: the costume designer.
If you’re in the right outfit, what you wear should say it all. At a glance, your audience should know what kind of show they’re in for, be it grunge rock, Vegas glitz or a million things in between.
Finding a designer, or stylist, who “gets” you, is, indeed, an important pursuit if you care about making a statement on stage. Luckily, history has provided us with many wonderful examples.
Where would we be, culturally speaking, if David Bowie hadn’t found Freddie Burretti?
I’m a huge Gaga fan, but there are some people who think she HAS such a big career BECAUSE of her costume choices. Gaga is one of the few people I can think of who wears costumes on and off stage. She takes her persona VERY seriously and it’s gotten her far.
At this point, Gaga’s stylist and costume designer, Nicola Fornichetti, is almost as famous as she is!!
I have to hand it her: the fact that Lady Gaga can MOVE and SING in those creations is praise-worthy. I’m sure you’ve noticed that all the other outfits on this page feature designs that make for easy movement (if you discount how hard it is to do anything in 5 inch heals let alone command a stage and dance!).
I’ve surely got my work cut out for me! But I’m not starting from scratch. I have an amazing stylist, Lisa von Weise Shaw.
Here’s one of my favorite “Lisa” creations for me:
So? What do you think? What should I wear on stage? A gown? A sequined bathing suit? Pants? Who has worn YOUR favorite costumes?
I always love to hear from you. Don’t be shy!