13 August 2013 by

Lady Gaga's Latest ARTPOP Inspiration? Clowns, Britney Spears And The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Or So We Think...

Lady Gaga’s comeback has kicked into overdrive. Whether we’re talking visually or conceptually there’s an signifcant amount of information to digest. In just 24 hours we’ve seen Lady G out and about in a fishnet bejewelled bodystocking and with her face smattered in a clown-like makeup mask. We’ve also witnessed a video created by the Haus of Gaga stating that ‘Lady Gaga is Over’ and that she is a self-confessed flop, an artist who deserves no applause, that you shouldn’t buy her music or even dare to dance to her songs. Reverse psychology? That’s a new one on us.

Two of Lady Gaga's latest ensembles

Which segues nicely into the release of her latest ART POP single, which just so happens to be called Applause. It’s been released sans the full video for now, but we’ve already been thrown a sneak peek of the Inez and Vinoodh-lensed creation.

In addition to the above there’s been nudity, near nudity, an undercut, eyebrow-bleaching, nose-rings, fevered fan-hugging, a return to Twitter and the news that Nicola Formichetti no longer has enough time to cater for her every fashion whim (of which is sounds like there are many) and that his ex-assistant Brandon Maxwell will be picking up the baton for Gaga’s new ‘pared back’ stylings.

Lady G's new look is very, erm, minimal...

The Big G has often been criticised for her very literal, shall we say use, of inspiration – with many declaring that no idea of hers is original, no matter how radical or shocking. But let’s take a second to recall the prodigious brilliance of Andy Warhol – pop culture essentially reworks and reclaims old codes, so is Stefani Germanotta in a constant – and knowing - spin of poptastic irony?

So we’re intrigued to think about who and what she has tapped for ART POP inspo…

BRITNEY SPEARS:

And bodysuit. A striking resemblance, only a different colourway.

 

LISBETH SALANDER:

The black clothes, the septum piercing, the bleached brows and aggy stare..

 

JOSEPH GRIMALDI:

Probably not a name you are familiar with, but Mr Grimaldi was essentially the first ever clown. As a super-popular entertainer in the Regency era he, according to Wikipedia ‘expanded the role of clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes’. Gaga’s makeup bears a striking resemblance to both him at Heath Ledger’s incarnation of the Joker in Batman.

 

FRANKENSTEIN:

Christopher Kane’s already found inspiration in this scientific experiment, but there’s something about Gaga’s wing-nutted plastic mask in the Haus of Gaga vid.

Dragon Tattoo? Frankentstein? Britney? We’ve love to see that moodboard…

 

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 9 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 8 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 8 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 6 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 8 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 7 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 6 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 5 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 4 December 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in London - 4 December 2013

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Lady Gaga in Versace at 2013 American Music Awards - 24 November 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in New York - 11 November 2013

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Lady Gaga out and about in New York - 03 November 2013

Lady Gaga out and about, New York - 8 November

Lady Gaga in Louis Vuitton on Graham Norton - November 2013

Lady Gaga out and about, London - 03 September 2013

Lady Gaga at 2013 MTV VMAs - 25 August 2013

Lady Gaga out and about in London - 27 August 2013

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Lady Gaga in Versace out and about, London - 29 August 2013

Lady Gaga at 2013 MTV VMAs - 25 August 2013

Lady Gaga at 2013 MTV VMAs - 25 August 2013

Lady Gaga at 2013 MTV VMAs - 25 August 2013

Lady Gaga out and about in New York - 22 August 2013

Lady Gaga in Balmain out and about in New York - 19 August 2013

Lady Gaga out and about in New York, America - 21 Aug 2013

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga at 'Good Morning America' TV show, New York - 19 August 2013

Lady Gaga at the 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, July 2013

Lady Gaga out and about in New York, July 2013

Lady Gaga out and about in Los Angeles - January 2013

Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace in Milan - October 2012

Lady Gaga in Paris - September 2012

Lady Gaga at Philip Treacy show, London Fashion Week - September 2012

Lady Gaga at Philip Treacy show, London Fashion Week - September 2012

Lady Gaga in London - September 2012

Lady Gaga at Narita International Airport, Chiba - May 2012

Lady Gaga in London - November 2011

Lady Gaga in Chanel at Barneys in New York, 2012

Lady Gaga in Pam Hogg, June 2012

Lady Gaga at Sydney Opera House in Atelier Versace, June 2012

Lady Gaga arriving at Sungshan airport in Taiwan, April 2012

Lady Gaga arriving at Philip Treacy's dinner, 2012

Lady Gaga at the CFDA awards, June 2011

Lady Gaga in green Valentino, June 2011

Lady Gaga in Alexander Mcqueen, 2011

Lady Gaga in platform McQueen shoes, 2011

Lady Gaga in custom made Giorgio Armani at the Grammys, 2010

Lady Gaga in her contraversial meat dress at the VMA awards, 2010


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