There can be a hundred people wearing dresses on a red carpet, and 99 don't impress you, but one does. In most cases, the aforementioned "one" is Lady Gaga, who, since exploding onto the music scene in the late aughts, has been a fearless proponent for avant-garde (and sometimes downright weird) fashion.
Just this week, the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced, and Gaga — whose performance in "A Star Is Born" not only blew audiences away, but launched dozens of memes across the internet — is a contender for Best Actress. We are far from the shallow now, dear readers! L. Gaga has secured herself a spot deep in the pool of Hollywood's greatest talents, from her generation and beyond. Her iconic portrayal of Ally Maine broke our hearts into just as many pieces as Jackson Maine's Percocet when he smashed it with the heel of his cowboy boot, but we'd let her do it over again in a second.
Because Spring 2019 Couture Week just wrapped in Paris, we couldn't help but imagine certain pieces from each collection on the actress, and since she's up for one of the biggest awards of the night, she is likely preparing to steal the sartorial spotlight. Team Fashionista edited down the couture looks to a tight curation of eight that we'd love to see Gaga wear on the red carpet come February 24. These fresh-off-the-runway gowns are guaranteed to have critics and fans alike saying, "I just wanted to take another look at you."
Alyssa Vingan Klein, Editor in Chief
Valentino Couture: "Lady Gaga has turned to Valentino Couture several times during her press junket for 'A Star Is Born' — from the feathered, baby pink showstopper she chose for the Venice Film Festival to the dramatic lavender gown (complete with voluminous balloon sleeves and a train) she wore to accept her Golden Globe. But if we're being honest, Pierpaolo Piccioli is among the very best couturiers in the game, and as a Best Actress nominee, L. Gaga deserves nothing less than a handcrafted work of sartorial art. This red, feathered gown is worthy of an A-list talent who isn't afraid to take a fashion risk, both of which describe Gaga to a T."
Tyler McCall, Deputy Editor
Schiaparelli Couture: "Perhaps this Schiaparelli gown is too on-the-nose for the Oscar-nominated star of 'A Star Is Born,' but that's precisely why I love it! With the shape recalling the gowns Gaga has worn on the awards circuit already and a bright, bold pattern of stars across the front, it feels like the perfect mix of New Gaga and Old Gaga. Plus, imagine the makeup options she could play with."
Maria Bobila, Senior Editor
Giambattista Valli Couture: "I'm not sure how Lady Gaga can top her Cinderella moment at the Golden Globes, but if I'm banking on how the pendulum of fashion trends swing, then I suspect she'll go for a simpler silhouette on a gown that can still make a statement. This Giambattista Valli number in a powdery pink has a slew of red carpet-ready details, like the interesting cape-like drape on the shoulders and long feathery trim. Gaga would be daring enough to wear the matching hat, too, but a sleek updo (perhaps dyed to match her dress) and some extravagant diamond earrings could definitely do the trick."
Stephanie Saltzman, Senior Beauty Editor
Giambattista Valli Couture: "This over-the-top gauzy look from Giambattista Valli's collection is frothy and voluminous and exactly the type of delightful, fun gown I'd love to see Lady Gaga wear taking over the entire expanse of the red carpet. Preferably with blush-pink hair to complement it, since she's already dabbled in matching her hair color to the hue of her dress this awards season."
Dhani Mau, West Coast Editor
Valentino Couture: "When I imagine Gaga imagining her own Oscars moment, I see her wanting to stand out and make a glamorous statement, but in a way that feels classy and not so 'in your face.' With its relatively simple and timeless silhouette, I think this gown by Valentino — a favorite of hers lately — fits the bill."
Whitney Bauck, Associate Editor
Iris van Herpen Couture: "I'll admit, this sculptural, capital-F Fashion is more Old Gaga (circa the 'Bad Romance' video) than New Gaga. But what can I say? I'm nostalgic, and she's still one of the only celebrities bold enough to give the inimitable Iris Van Herpen the red carpet time her designs deserve."
Dara Prant, Assistant Editor
Elie Saab Couture: "At Oscars past, Lady Gaga has turned up in everything from a chic white pantsuit by her stylist-turned-designer Brandon Maxwell to a shimmering frock by Azzedine Alaïa. She tends to take a more classic sartorial path to the Dolby Theatre — one that seeks to recapture the splendor of Old Hollywood — so I'd love to see her show up wearing this silver, sequined Elie Saab Couture gown. It doesn't boast a billowing train or scream 'FASHION!' with superfluous mounds of tulle, but the figure-hugging, asymmetrically draped evening dress is pure elegance and glamour. Plus, she'd look like a celestial queen during her acceptance speech — 'A Star Is Born' come to life!"
Liza Sokol, Senior Audience Development Manager
Viktor & Rolf Couture: "I have loved Lady Gaga since her disco stick days and am equally in love with Viktor & Rolf's latest couture offering. I think Gaga is one of the few people who could pull off the (literal) statement dress and not let it wear her, and she would look as glamorous as ever in this voluminous number. I can't imagine a better world as anything other than one in which Lady Gaga wins an Oscar for Best Actress, wearing a dress that says as much."