Three weeks after the debut of her highly anticipated show Enigma, Lady Gaga on Sunday night premiered the second component of her Las Vegas residency, Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano. The show is meant to feel a bit more intimate, with a combination of standards from the American songbook and stripped-down versions of the six-time Grammy winner’s hits. Fans of Gaga’s style, however, shouldn’t fret, as her costumes are just as maximalist as the looks featured in Enigma.
Backed by a 30-piece orchestra, Gaga kicked off the 20-song show in a fringed, beaded gown by her sister, designer Natali Germanotta, and topped the look with a dramatic headpiece by Jakarta-based Rinaldy Yunardi, who also has crafted dazzling millinery for Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Dita Von Teese.
Sunday’s opening night included a surprise appearance by longtime collaborator Tony Bennett, and for this reunion Gaga changed into custom Ralph Lauren — a nude-toned, long-sleeved gown that featured more than 53,000 Swarovski micro-crystals and 250 rock crystals, paired with a white feather cape.
Gaga’s team, which includes Germanotta and fellow designer Nicola Formichetti, also reached out to Schiaparelli. For the show’s third act, the Paris-based label, overseen by design director Bertrand Guyon, crafted a strapless haute-couture gown in black velvet and a dramatic floor-length cape of silk faille in the house’s signature shade of “shocking” pink.
For the finale of Jazz & Piano, Gaga again looked to Lauren, this time in a black lamé tuxedo jumpsuit with a white piqué bib tuxedo shirt. The custom design features a detachable tiered skirt of iridescent silk organza and tulle, embellished with more than 7,500 Swarovski crystals and finished with a black Swarovski-crystal belt. She also wears Jimmy Choo shoes (the Anouk and Romy 100 pumps) exclusively throughout the two-hour performance.
Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas residency in the 5,200-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM premiered Dec. 28, and she is scheduled to perform 23 Enigma shows and nine Jazz & Piano shows through 2019, though additional dates could be added based on ticket demand and her schedule. She originally was set to perform only four Jazz & Piano evenings, but five additional dates were announced in December.