Need an award show to avoid, or an outfit that won’t get Lady Gaga an Oscar? The actress—whose mother was a fashion designer and her father the founder of a successful jewelry and watch company—wants her to wear Gucci to Sunday’s American Music Awards. Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, is backing the singer’s wish. That seems to be working, as Gaga is seen wearing a high-waisted “Lady Gaga Gucci” dress designed by Donatella Versace, who is the founder of a renowned Italian fashion house. Versace told Business of Fashion: “I am proud of Lady Gaga for wearing a Gucci dress at the AMAs. She is a very beautiful and talented woman and I think the world should see all her best features.”
That hasn’t stopped other designers, designers—and competitors—from responding to the impromptu fashion statement.
“I think it’s just a beautifully made dress,” designer Prabal Gurung, whose dresses have been worn by celebrities such as Natalie Portman, told the Cut. “I don’t think Gaga’s choice in such things is inspired by fashion, though. I think what makes a cultural moment is more about the emotion that it creates.”
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“The black all-over body suit and sheer bodice with Dior’s Cleopatra bra and corset referencing the nude glamor of Glamour magazine,” Tom Munro, an editor and fashion writer, wrote in The New York Times. “She is fusing a Gucci creation with a Versace piece. You’re almost reminded of Lady Gaga’s floral gown and Grammys confetti shoot—an iconic, impossible-to-look-away moment which she should undoubtedly win an award for.”