You know if an outfit involves robotic thigh-high boots, tubular PVC details and gloves with mirrored nails, it could only be created for one person: Lady Gaga. And that’s what Giorgio Armani has been working away at in creating costumes for Gaga’s 2012 Asian Tour. But one of the most interesting things we find about creating theatrical pieces such as these is not just the pieces themselves, but the creative process. In releasing sketches of the outfits we get to see the final concepts as they were imagined, before seeing the final results on stage. You don’t have to be a Gaga fan to find that design process – from sketch to reality – a captivating one.
View the sketches of Lady Gaga’s four costumes, and read more about the outfits themselves, after the break.
The first design includes a black bodice made of tubular PVC elements connected with metal studs, with mirrored metal inserts to define a curvaceous design. The ensemble is highlighted by a matching headpiece, robotic thigh-high boots, and exaggerated gloves ending in mirrored nails.
Another look is created via a shiny black grid-patterned PVC bodice with matching headpiece and embroidered ankle boots. Highlights include shoulders outlined by a play of sharp spikes, black Swarovski jet crystals and flowing fringe, creating a moving architecture.
On the third black bodice, transparent Plexiglas, black crystals and luminous studs create a Cubist composition of abstract guitars. The matching headpiece follows in the shape of a keyboard; the boots are black vinyl.
The final design is a long tunic with leg-o-mutton sleeves made of skin-toned latex. Luminous PVC elements create flashes of synthetic light inside the garment. The same avant garde lighting is featured on the triangle decorating the chest, on the headpiece, and on the platform of the matching latex ankle boots.
Click on the gallery above to view all four sketches.