The Met Gala 2015: Some Successes, Many Disasters

Last Monday was the Met Gala. An annual event, hosted by Anna Wintour and held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where a bunch of celebrities get paid to wear some frocks: to varying degrees of success. As ever, there is the good, the bad and the outright ugly. Invariably sprinkled with a handful of nude illusion gowns.

This years theme, based on the accompanying fashion exhibition, was China: Through the Looking Glass. Or in other words China through the eyes of Western designers.

Lady Gaga in custom Balenciaga by Alex Wang
Lady Gaga in custom Balenciaga by Alex Wang

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Lady Gaga x Inez and Vinoodh x Applause

What a pairing! The Dutch fashion photography team and super star musician Lady Gaga. Over the past couple of years they collaborated on Magazine cover, photo shoots and even the Music Video for the lead single Applause of her fourth studio album ‘ARTPOP’. It is this epic music video in particular that I would like to focus on this time.

They really pulled out all the stops with this music videos, with countless artistic and pop cultural references and at least nine different looks. This in particular is what the music video so interesting and also perfectly embodies the album’s theme of fusing Art and Pop; saying that they can belong together. In this blog post, I will try to analyze the video and also look at some of the references.

Lady Gaga in Applause directed by Inez and Vinoodh

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I have noticed while looking at people who have ‘the Fame’, that there really is an art to getting and keeping it. However when I talk about ‘Fame’ I am talking about people who are actually famous not that they have created a viral video and are enjoying a brief ‘fifteen minutes of fame’. The two main examples I looked at are Andy Warhol and Lady Gaga. It is interesting that both of these now iconic famous people built their way up from absolutely nothing to be on top of their contemporaries. Even though Andy Warhol died relatively recently, he is still considered one of the most  influential and iconic artists of all time.

Andy Warhol: and Artist of Fame
Andy Warhol: an Artist of Fame

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