Lady Gaga’s outfit is more political than it looks

Singer Lady Gaga wore a bulletproof outfit under her golden olive branch dove brooch to sing during the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden. Or when fashion has to dress a high voltage event, the air of nothing.

The dove of peace was afraid to be plucked. During the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden, Lady Gaga wore an outfit that made an impression: a fitted jacket in navy blue cashmere, quilted with a huge golden dove in relief, and a wide skirt red in red washed silk faille.

Lady Gaga wore a bulletproof vest dress to sing at the Joe Biden nomination

Singer Lady Gaga just revealed in an interview with the Vogue British December 2021 – which she is on the cover – that this Schiaparelli creation was in fact bulletproof. She says in this fashion bible:

“This day is one of the proudest days of my life. Like many people in the United States, I felt a deep fear as long as Trump was President, and I will surely tell all my children about this passage from the 45th to the 46th President. […] Sing in a Schiaparelli bulletproof dress.

I don’t know if people know this about me, but if I wasn’t who I am today, I would have liked to be a war journalist. It was one of my dreams. When I was at the Capitol the day before the inauguration, I remember walking around looking for evidence of the insurrection. “

“Fashion can give you wings”, says Lady Gaga

In addition to this written interview, Lady Gaga also gave a video interview to Vogue British where she looks back on all the looks (including the famous meat dress). She elaborates on the subject of her investiture outfit in January 2021 (from 4:50 p.m. in the video below):

“It really is one of the most beautiful things I have ever worn. I wore this Schiaparelli creation for the nomination.

No one noticed it but it was a bulletproof dress. As soon as I saw this golden dove, I immediately knew it was the right piece to wear.

I knew Schiaparelli is an Italian fashion house. So it seemed all the more important to wear it for my heritage as an Italian-American woman invited to sing about the departure of President 45 and the arrival of 46. “

Accompanied to the stage by a member of the French Navy, Lady Gaga had time to express her nervousness, but her clothes have precisely helped to make her feel confident to sing, she continues:

“I also remember talking to the young man who escorted me. He asked me if I was nervous. I said yes. But sometimes fashion can give you wings. Like a dove. “

Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian arty who succeeded in Paris and then in the United States

Currently led by the American Daniel Roseberry, the Schiaparelli house is returning more and more to the forefront of the fashion scene. It is Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), then an Italian migrant from a family of aristocrats and intellectuals, who founded this fashion house in his name in 1927.

The designer immediately made an impression by creating hand-knitted sweaters with a playful trompe-l’oeil pattern (in particular thanks to the help of Armenian seamstresses who had taken refuge in France). She quickly became a competitor of Gabrielle Chanel, then at the height of her glory. If the general public does not know her name today, she was nevertheless very famous until the end of the 1950s.

Elsa Schiaparelli deeply shakes up haute couture, bringing technical innovations, but also a lot of humor and power: she is the first to use visible zips, to be a hit with her licenses (that is to say that of other manufacturers may use its brand name).

As early as the 1930s, she developed coats that she described as “hard chic” with large shoulder pads, so emblematic of the 1980s. She was close to many avant-garde artists of the time, such as Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp . She even makes it collabs, like a necklace with the very first woman to obtain the Goncourt, Elsa Triolet, Alberto Giacometti, and especially Salvador Dali.

Forced into exile in the United States in 1940, Elsa Schiparelli makes the trip by pinning her favorite brooch, a dove, to her jacket. In New York, she gives conferences on fashion and women which bring together up to 34,000 people, and helps France at war from New York. After World War II, she hired the young Hubert de Givenchy and left fashion herself in 1954.

Wear a dove of peace on a bulletproof vest

This dove with an olive branch in its beak, symbols of peace, coming from a house whose founder was deeply affected by the war, therefore finds a particular echo on Lady Gaga’s chest. Especially on a dress to be bulletproof, an event under high tension in a country full of firearms obliges.

The Schiaparelli dove brooch.
The Schiaparelli dove brooch.

Moreover, the profits from the sales of this brooch sold (550 €, anyway) through the house go to the Born This Way Foundation, an association led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, dedicated to the mental health of young people.


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Une photo credit: Schiaparelli’s Instagram.

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Lady Gaga’s outfit is more political than it looks