Have a look at Mr. Armani’s sketches for some of the costumes that Lady Gaga will wear on her ‘Born This Way’ Asian Ball Tour.
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In their words:
‘Giorgio Armani is pleased to be collaborating once again with Lady Gaga. The designer has created a select number of looks for the artist’s Born This Way Ball tour, which kicks off in Seoul on April 27th . The Asian tour will then move to Hong Kong (May 2nd , 3rd, 4th and 5th), Tokyo (May 10th), and Singapore (May 28th). The tour will culminate with performances in Australia and New Zealand.
The custom Giorgio Armani wardrobe created for Lady Gaga is characterized by extreme forms and futuristic materials – latex, metal, studs, PVC – crafted with couture savoir-faire. Each outfit is completed with detailed, other-worldly accessories.
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.
“Collaborating with Lady Gaga is always an exciting experience for me. I admire the way she uses fashion as a scenic element and as a means to build a character,” says Giorgio Armani. “She is an artist of many talents and great intelligence. Creating stage costumes for her is a stimulating and creative exercise.”
Giorgio Armani began his collaboration with Lady Gaga on the occasion of the 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony, when the artist wore a series of outfits specially designed for her. Subsequently, he dressed her in select looks for the Monster Ball tour in 2010, as well as for a number of red carpet events and other special occasions.’
Sketches: Giorgio Armani