Last Updated: 08-25-2011
This originally looked very different and much cheaper/trashier. I was always in love with the early Fame era look--the hoods and shoulderpads, the pin-straight hair, the David Bowie lightning bolts, and of course the cache of sunglasses. When I first dressed as Gaga, I just used what I had--a kids' vampire cape for a hood, a disco stick made out of bubble wrap and a black dowel, and a makeshift bodysuit from an old T-shirt and leggings. Somehow that went over really well that Halloween.
I had a lot of fun with it but kept working with it for the next year to make it look even better. This meant making a legitimate hood, a more Gaga belt (if you look in the pics that accompany The Fame, she wears a belt decorated with gold chains...I just used what I found), a nicer wig (which arrived just an hour or two before my Halloween party started, how convenient!), and some nice boots. Of course now that I did have a good-looking Gaga costume...it wasn't well-received at all. I was refused candy and then told that it was ugly. Hmm. Perhaps I was trying too hard? That's always likely. But of course people should be used to that from me.
The bodysuit was pieced together from a shirt and leggings (since bodysuits don't come in "This might look almost decent on Melody"). Gloves originally had bows (which you can see in the photos accompanying this), but I hacked them off because they would flop around and be generally irritating. The disco stick was made by me and my dad. That was an interesting adventure. The pole part of it is two yard stakes stuck together, then taped with packing tape just for reinforcement. The crystal fixture is a vacuum cleaner part, with a plastic cup on top. The light? That's the fun part. The only affordable flashlights I could find had switches on the bottom, and I needed one on the side. My dad fixed for this by bending a coat hanger around so that by pressing it down from the bottom of the disco stick, you could hit the switch on the flashlight and turn it on and off. Quite a genius, my dad is.
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