The musician paid a visit to the Haus of Gaga in Las Vegas
Whether the infamous meat dress gave you life or you joined the yeehaw agenda because of queen Ally, Lady Gaga’s new exhibition of some of her most iconic fashion moments is a must-see. Her fashion vault is up for public viewing for the first time ever, as a permanent exhibition at the mini-museum, Haus of Gaga Las Vegas, across from the musician’s Strip home, Park Theater at Park MGM. The exhibit features dozens of costumes, wigs, accessories, shoes and other Gaga ephemera from across her expansive career and style evolutions.
The singer has been fronting her Vegas residency since December 2018. To the surprise of many Little Monsters, Gaga herself showed up to the opening night to view the Haus of Gaga exhibition, and support her friend, collaborator, and the exhibit’s curator Nicola Formichetti. The pop star was seen posing with fans and signing the museum wall.
The 40-piece strong collection features some of her most revered and talked about looks – the “Paparazzi” bodysuit worn for the 2009 MTV VMAs, her 2017 Super Bowl Versace bodysuits and the most legendary Frank Fernandez meat dress worn at the 2010 MTV VMAs which, according to Formichetti, “has literally been made into jerky” due to how it has been preserved. Behind walls of glass cases also sits the custom cigarette shades and Fred Butler headpiece from the “Telephone” music video, her costume for her character Ally in A Star is Born, designed by Erin Benach, and the handwritten lyrics to “I’ll Never Love Again” by Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine.
Gaga’s most recent selection of campy MET Gala outfits are also on show, props and all.
Speaking to Billboard, Formichetti said: “(Haus of Gaga) is a space where you can experience all of Gaga and (it has been her) dream to (have) all her outfits in one place. We have about 20 outfits, over 40 wigs and accessories and shoes, everything. “The digital space was very much an inspiration – and then mixed with a little bit of Las Vegas showgirl moment.” The space itself is glitzy and flashy, a dark space with neon lights and moving disco balls that capture Gaga’s high energy. “For the opening, I specifically have more of her earlier stuff. But we already have the next one (in mind).”
“Gaga is never about the past. She’s always about moving forward. But we also want her fans to experience her legacy from the last 10 years.”
The exhibit will remain amorphous, and will be tweaked to reflect Gaga’s changes in style, new fashion and creative ventures, and more turning out of lewks.
In true mother monster style, the museum is free to enter, but the singer encourages visitors to leave donations that will go to the Born This Way foundation, a non-profit co-founded by Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta – all proceeds go towards supporting “the mental wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world”. Several items from the expansive collection will be put on sale and auctioned for the charity.
Lady Gaga’s residency at the Las Vegas Park MGM continues until November 2019, with the HAUS OF GAGA/LAS VEGAS open to the public from 12pm - 8pm daily, and 12pm - 12am on show days.