Major fashion connection between Lady Gaga and her new album, 'ARTPOP'

Lady Gaga is back. After roughly six months off the radar, the singer is in the spotlight again, and ready to make her comeback. Gaga will make her stage debut on the MTV VMA’s stage in August, where she’ll perform her new single, “Applause.” In a new interview with WWD, Gaga reveals that her hip injury was actually much worse than reported. She says she had a broken hip, not just a “labral tear.” The injury forced Gaga to cancel the remainder of her Born This Way Ball world tour.

“My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear,” she says. “I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet. But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip. I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer.”

Lady Gaga was forced to undergo a rehabilitation period, a time she says was almost as painful as the injury itself. Gaga admits she hadn’t gone without performing for more than two weeks since she was 14 years old. She hunkered down with her friends and fellow artists, and read books, listened to music, and exchaged “creative gifts.”

“I had six months to beef up my brain and my body. I got to put a giant white or black sheet of paint over my whole canvas and I got to review ARTPOP again. I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good. I have that feeling, that wonderful feeling, when me, Inez and Brandon look at each other and we go, ‘It’s so good. That’s the one.’”


Van Lamsweerde and Matadin just shot Gaga’s music video for “Applause” about a week ago in Los Angeles. The photographers first came to know Gaga when they shot her first V cover in 2009, and have since worked with her multiple times. This was their first music video shoot for her. Above you see the cover image for the video and the single. She thought it showed a different side of her performance.

“It’s the end of the night after the show,” she says. “When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause. I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest.” Gaga recalls being moved to tears during this particular performance for the cameras. “I’ll tell you that it is very fun,” she says. “And that it’s full of happiness, because what I’m saying in the song essentially is that I live for the applause. I live for the way you cheer and scream for me. Give me that thing that I love. Put your hands up, make them touch.”

Gaga wrote “Applause” with DJ White Shadow, with whom she’s worked with for five years.

“In my heart of hearts as I was writing, I knew that if I asked [the fans] to cheer for me before I sang or if I alluded to the fact that they would cheer for me before I sang….They do that all the time for me; before I even open my mouth, the fans start cheering for me. And so this exclamation, ‘Give me that thing that I love. Give it to me. I’m ready, start the music.’ I’m from New York. I’ve worked since I was a five-year-old to be a performer. All my life. I deserve to be here. I’m ready.”

Gaga reveals that her new album, ARTPOP, will not be just an album, but a “project” as well. It will be a multimedia experience that will also come with an app. There definitely will be a fashion component that goes along with this album. On the cover of her new single (above), she’s wearing a white coat by Gareth Pugh. When asked if he was influenced her new album, she responded,

“It’s interesting how you view things, and you look at it like, I’m a pop icon, and [you wonder] ‘Is this the image of the album? Is this the direction? Who came up with it?’ I think that’s so interesting because it’s exactly the kind of thing we’re trying to destroy. This is one jacket. This is one image. This is one moment. This is one statement.

“When you watch each image and you watch each thing come out, they might not look exactly the same,” says Gaga. “[I’m not] defined by the same designer or defined by the same hair cut or defined by the same icon. The statement is that I’m not one icon. I’m every icon. I’m an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions.”

Well that wasn’t confusing at all. 🙂 I’ll give her this, I’m really looking forward to hearing her new music. I hope the time away did her well. I’m NOT looking forward to being bombarded by Gaga again. This six month break was actually really nice. She was waaaaaaaaaaaaay too over-exposed there for a while. I hope she comes back a bit more humble this time.



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