So Long, Meat Dress! Why Lady Gaga Is Going All Glam for Her 'Star Is Born' Red Carpet Looks

10:30 AM 11/30/2018

by Lindsay Weinberg

Shedding the wild outfits and wigs, the actress has been bringing her A-game since she first floated up to the Venice Film Festival, with help from her stylist duo: "We wanted to channel old Hollywood glamour but also let her be," the pair say of one recent look.

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Gone are the days of the meat dress. 

A Star Is Born breakout Lady Gaga has been bringing her high-fashion A-game to the red carpet since she first floated up to the Venice Film Festival. The musician turned actress may be known for her wild outfits and wigs as Gaga the pop star, but Gaga the movie star goes for old Hollywood glamour with textured gowns and blonde hair. 

A star is born, indeed. 

  • White-Hot Debut

    "We wanted to channel old Hollywood glamour but also let her be," explain Gaga's stylists Tom Eerebout and Sandra Amador (they answered THR's questions via a joint email). Gaga, for her role as an aspiring singer who falls for a country rocker (Bradley Cooper), channeled Marilyn Monroe during an Aug. 31 Venice Film Festival photocall, wearing a flowing white dress by Azzedine Alaia paired with Gianvito Rossi shoes. 

  • Feathered Froth

    For her big debut, Gaga donned feathered Valentino with Chopard earrings. Worn to the Venice premiere, the dress, fittingly named "Flamingo," was designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli. Not even the rain could stop Gaga from dominating the red carpet. In fact, her stylists call this the most magical moment: "It started storming. The backdrop, the rain, and lightning, the energy — it was so special for all of us to experience together. It was her very first movie premiere and the excitement and energy surrounding the event was electrifying."


  • Velvet Touch

    For a news conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, Gaga sported a one-shoulder ready-to-wear gown by newcomer Ralph & Russo. The burgundy velvet dress oozed vintage Hollywood stardom. 

  • Veiled Intentions

    Gaga went mysterious with a veiled, form-fitting ensemble by Armani Prive for her film's Toronto premiere Sept. 9. On the red carpet, she dramatically pulled back the veil, wearing it as a shoulder piece. The singer accessorized with a sequined hat, blue eyeshadow and dangling Chopard earrings. 

  • Pink Pop

    In another Ralph & Russo number, Gaga attended a post-screening event at the Masonic Temple at TIFF in black velvet couture with a tad of pink flair. She kept the hat — a red carpet rarity — from her previous Armani ensemble. "We wanted everything to be very true to her and her artistry," her fashion squad adds. 

  • Silver Shine

    For the U.S.' first taste of Gaga's star power, she shone in custom Givenchy and Bulgari jewelry at the screening of A Star Is Born in L.A. Created by Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer, Claire Waight Keller, the gown featured a shimmering train that matched her then-silver hair and her metallic Ruthie Davis Award Season Heels ($850). 

  • Golden Glam

    Gaga stepped out at the Sept. 27 London premiere looking like an 18th-century aristocrat, or perhaps, Marie Antoinette herself, with an organza jacquard lace Alexander McQueen gown. The ruffled collar, plus the corset dress with gold and pearl embroidery, mimicked historical royalty. Added on: Anabela Chan pearl constellation earrings ($1,010). 

  • Strong Suit

    Gaga deviated from her Hollywood bling Oct. 15 for Elle’s Women in Hollywood event. She chose an oversize Marc Jacobs suit to make a feminist statement. The “Born This Way” singer tried on gowns from Dior, Rodarte and Calvin Klein, but “I felt sick to my stomach,” she said at the event. After discarding 10 dresses with a “sad feeling” in her heart that “all that would matter was what I wore,” she said she put on the Marc Jacobs suit and began to cry. “In this suit, I felt like me today,” she added. Gaga wanted to prove that women in Hollywood are not just “objects” to entertain others but have voices to speak out. “Today, I wear the pants.”

    This story first appeared in a November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.