Homemade Lady Gaga Costume Ideas

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Homemade Lady Gaga Costume Ideas
Sport an iconic Gaga look, like the meat dress she wore to the 2010 VMAs. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Make the crowd go gaga at your next costume party with a creative, homemade Lady Gaga costume. Her outrageous, over-the-top fashion statements should provide you with the inspiration to create an iconic costume that is easily recognisable. Then all you'll have to do is bring the attitude and avoid the paparazzi.

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Lady Gaga has sported some hair-raising dos during her career, and it may be difficult to choose just one style for your hair to look the part. First things first: While Gaga isn't naturally blonde, the colour is now iconic. If your locks aren't blonde, sport a wig or dye your hair for the occasion. Then, work in some of Gaga's most famous hairstyles. For instance, tie your hair into a bow on the top of your head for one of Gaga's signature looks, or roll in some empty soda cans like she sported in the music video for "Telephone."


The actual outfit is going to be another tough choice as there are so many options for iconic looks. To make your decision easier, think realistically about what you'll be able to make at home; take stock of your crafting supplies, and then re-evaluate the possibilities. One idea is the famous meat dress that Gaga wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. While you could construct your own authentic meat dress, you'll probably make more friends if you stick to making false pieces of meat using red fabric. Or, recreate her infamous bubble dress with some clear plastic balls. For a less-specific but Gaga-esque dress, go with an option that has oversized shoulder pads, or make your own outrageous shoulder pad attachments.


Lady Gaga typically is equipped with a fierce-looking pair of shades, so spend some time choosing your own pair that best represents her style. She has worn ultra-futuristic sunglasses, as well as round teashades reminiscent of decades past. If you're prepared to give up your vision temporarily, make a statement with a pair of cigarette-encased sunglasses; just don't follow Gaga's lead and light them up while they're on your face. You could also sport a lace eye mask, some fingerless motorcycle gloves and a pair of sky-high heels.


Bold colours and a smoky eye are key elements of a successful Gaga make-up regimen, as well as false eyelashes and a whole slew of lipstick colours, ranging from dark gothic shades to classic bright reds. But if you are worried that your costume won't be recognisable enough just using these basic Gaga go-tos, try out one of her more famous looks. For instance, use your make-up to create facial lightning bolts for a touch of early Gaga style.

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