Alejandro and "the period of GREATNESS"!

11 June 2010

WHAT on earth has Gaga been up to since Alejandro came out? She’s been to watch a baseball game (in suitable leather knickers, bra and jacket ensemble, naturellement)

Then she responded to the criticism of the nine minute vid by The Catholic League and cherry Bakewell fan Katy Perry who’d both complained they found the promo to be blasphemous. 

Gaga wrote: "So many will try to destroy me. So many, over and over, coming in periods of greatness… but in this period, I cannot be broken."

Greatness? Would that be Alejando the greatness, Gaga?

Anyway. We didn’t think you’d have to be quite determined to be offended by the Steven Klein directed clip, it’s more likely that Gaga followers will feel let down because there aren’t ENOUGH controversial mad vignettes to watch.

The director himself explains

  “[It is] about a woman's desire to resurrect a dead love and who can not face the brutality of her present situation. The pain of living without your true love."

And also that

"The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the character's battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation of the soul” and that is why Gaga chooses to become a nun and concentrate on her inner life.

So that’s that then.

And finally, thanks to her super stylist, Nicola Formichetti and his blog, we know the provenance of her various looks from the video. That amazing binocular head piece is by London headwear genius Nasir Mazhar, most of the menswear came from the atelier of Emporio Amrmani, various underwear from Calvin Klein, with stockings by Agent Provocateur and shoes by Louboutin.

Her widows weeds at the beginning are a custom-made Alexander McQueen cape and headpiece made by Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. Her favourite heel-less platforms by Noritaka Tatehana feature throughout.

That rubber upside down crosses gown was custom made by Jaiden Rva James and OF COURSE! How could we forget to mention the gun bra custom made by David Samuel Menkes. Phew.

- Naomi Attwood


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