Inside Lady Gaga's Elle Cover
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"It was elegant, intimate," said photographer Ruth Hogben. "Gaga has incredible features that you could stare at all day long." As for the styling, ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee said, "We played up her natural radiance with bold furs from Chanel and Versace."
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"It was also huge for us to get a sneak preview of Artpop, her new album," said set designer Maria Weinhoff. "Gaga elevates everyone around her—she's a true artist."
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The star teamed cascading Venus-inspired hair (laced with pom-poms and streamers, no less) with a demure Vivienne Westwood skirt suit in London this past August.
Black Beauty6 of 23
Known for her ever-changing hair color, Gaga matched raven tresses to her custom leather Prabul Gurung gown at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Power Player7 of 23
Gaga selected a sophisticated '80s-inspired Balmain sweater and high-waisted trousers for an interview with Howard Stern.
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The singer chose the same famed French fashion house while out and about in New York—this time in the form of a plunging top and tulip skirt.
Crackle 'n' Pop9 of 23
In a white crackled sweater from Alexander Wang's first collection for Balenciaga, Gaga proved that she's one step ahead of the fashion curve while out in L.A.
Band Aid10 of 23
The singer attended a private dinner at Palazzo Versace in Milan last fall, wearing a vintage cutout dress designed by the late Gianni Versace.
Fur Sure11 of 23
While touring in Bulgaria, the star covered up in a Hermès fur-trimmed coat and accessorized with peace sign earrings and a Louis Vuitton clutch.
Flower Power12 of 23
Is that a floral topiary? Nope, just Gaga's unique headpiece, a Phillip Treacy creation she wore sitting front row at the designer's fashion presentation in London last year.
Lime Light13 of 23
Never one to shy away from color, the singer sported a neon cutout dress with clashing burnt orange hair while touring in Taiwan.
Bow Down14 of 23
Last December, the singer landed at the Tokyo Airport flaunting a Hello Kitty–inspired hairdo: platinum tresses in the shape of an oversize bow.
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The pop icon looked utterly futuristic at the MTV Europe Music Awards, where she complemented her sci-fi chain-mail dress with tinsel makeup.
High Horse16 of 23
In red skyscraper shoes, Gaga somehow managed to avoid toppling as she negotiated the cobblestone streets of New York's Meatpacking District.
Clear Intentions17 of 23
Wearing a cellophane dress and lace mask, the singer shocked New Yorkers in a getup that was anything but typical for a hot July day. Hopefully, her fan helped her cool down!
Bob Cat18 of 23
At the 2011 CFDA Awards, Gaga made a splash in a custom Thierry Mugler gown and aquamarine bob—perhaps a colorful ode to the event's chief, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Royal Treatment19 of 23
Photographed in Paris, the star looked positively regal in a Jan Taminiau couture gown and beehive hairdo.
Making Headway20 of 23
At the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards, the pop star made fashion headlines in a flamboyant Alexander McQueen dress, gold headdress and silky pastel hair.
Pearl Harbor21 of 23
The singer studded her face with pearls (and wore a matching bikini) for an amFAR event, which she co-hosted with cosmetics brand MAC.
Circle Time22 of 23
For the 2010 Grammy Awards, the songstress got people talking by pairing a Giorgio Armani gown with platform shoes and dyed yellow hair.
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At New York Fashion Week back in 2008, Lady Gaga was just beginning to flex her style muscles in a space-age dress and stick-straight flaxen hair.