Lady Gaga's Fashion Evolution, From a Meat Dress to $30 Million Diamonds

When it comes to style, this triple threat knows how to keep us guessing.

By Samantha Schnurr May 04, 2019 11:00 AMTags
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When it comes to style, Lady Gaga knows how to keep us guessing. 

In her decade-spanning career, the triple threat has proven herself a fashionista entirely all her own. Just when fans thought they had figured out her aesthetic, she reinvented herself with looks that continue to be inventive and boundary-pushing. Whatever the outfit and occasion, it is always uniquely Mother Monster. 

Now, on the heels of her first Academy Award win and praised performance in A Star Is Born, Gaga has devoted Little Monsters wondering what she has up her sleeve next. Well, we know one thing—and that is the Met Gala red carpet. 

On the first Monday in May, the star will join fellow A-listers on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as not only a guest, but also one of this year's esteemed co-chairs. 

Lady Gaga's Most Daring Red Carpet Looks of All Time

With a theme like "Camp: Notes on Fashion," the theatrical star seems like a natural fit. She's posed on the iconic red carpet twice before, each time the ensemble entirely different from the other. 

While we wait and see what Lady Gaga has in store for the 2019 event, judging by her ever-changing style, we expect her look to be unlike anything we've seen from her before. 

As we bide our time until then, take a walk through her fashion evolution in E!'s gallery below. 

2008 TRL

Just days before the release of Gaga's debut studio album, The Fame, the star posed backstage at MTV's Total Request Live sporting the beginnings of her initial signature look. 

2008 Jingle Ball

The star quickly become synonymous with platinum hair, bangs and structural looks. She would later add a bow made of hair to the look.  

2009 Grammy Celebration Concert

Who can forget the bubble costume the star donned back in 2009? It was so famous it became a go-to DIY Halloween costume. 

2009 ACE Awards

The star made her avant-garde mark early on in her career with this look at the annual style awards. 

2009 MuchMusic Video Awards

This hairy look became a standout one in the performer's early years in the spotlight. 

2009 MuchMusic Video Awards

Always one to put on a show, Gaga did so during this awards performance with a bodysuit that set off pyrotechnics. 

2009 MTV Video Music Awards

After showing up with Kermit the Frog, the star stepped out in a head to toe black ensemble with parts designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

2009 MTV Video Music Awards

The star took home her first MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist" that year while simultaneously cementing herself among the grandest fashion risk takers in this unforgettable red look. 

2009 Royal Variety Performance

The star capped off 2009 with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, donning a red latex Atsuko Kudo gown with puff sleeves and coordinating bejeweled red eye makeup. Needless to say, it was the singer's take on a regal look. 

2010 Grammys

Gaga was the star to see on the red carpet at the 2010 Grammys, looking quite literally stellar in a celestial-esque design by Giorgio Armani Privé. 

2010 Brit Awards

In another avant-garde ensemble, the songstress was a towering figure in a white ruffled design by Francesco Scognamiglio paired with a grand blond wig and lace mask. 

2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Behold, one of Gaga's most iconic looks to date: the meat dress by Franc Fernandez. 

2013 American Music Awards

While she was not nominated this year, Gaga still made a splash at the show by arriving on a mechanical horse in lavender Versace. 


Following the release of Artpop, the star embraced her new aesthetic inspired by Botticelli's Venus. 

2015 Met Gala

For her first red carpet appearance at the Met Gala, the triple threat donned a Balenciaga design inspired by the year's theme, "China: Through the Looking Glass."

2016 Golden Globes

By 2016, the star had taken on acting for the first time and channeled old Hollywood glamour in this black Versace gown. Her transformation into an actress was complete as she accepted the award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel. 

2016 Oscars

As a first-time Academy Award nominee, the star combined elegance with her signature boldness in a Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit-gown hybrid. 

2016 Met Gala

Gaga went sans pants for the 2016 soirée, but did not shy away from sky-high heels and an equally voluminous blond 'do to go with her Versace ensemble.   


In the midst of her Joanne album cycle, the star embraced a glamorous cowgirl aesthetic with a recurring wide-brimmed pink hat and this blue sequin jacket and pant set. 

2017 Grammys

The songstress turned heads as a glam rocker in this spiky, leather ensemble by Alex Ulichny. 

2018 Grammys

Inside the annual award show, Gaga took off a black overskirt to focus on her black lace bodysuit by Armani Privé. 

2018 Venice Film Festival

Ahead of her film debut in A Star Is Born, the triple threat embraced the movie's motif by arriving to the Venice Film Festival very much looking like a star had been born and ripped straight off the silver screen. 

2018 Venice Film Festival

One of the biggest fashion moments of Gaga's career came when she stepped out at the festival for a screening of A Star Is Born donning this one-of-a-kind pink, feathered Valentino Couture gown. 

2018 Los Angeles Premiere of A Star Is Born

Gaga epitomized modern glamour when she stepped out in Clare Waight Keller's haute couture silver Givenchy gown and matching cape coat. 

2018 U.K. Premiere of A Star Is Born

The actress kept fans guessing on her fashion throughout the press tour for the movie, opting for an Elizabethan-inspired Alexander McQueen gown to launch the film in London. 

2019 Golden Globes

The star paid homage to her predecessor Audrey Hepburn in a custom Valentino dress accessorized with glamorous Tiffany & Co. diamonds and colorful hair. 

2019 Oscars

The actress went home a first-time Oscar winner after donning a strapless structural black gown by Alexander McQueen on the red carpet, paired with a dazzling 128.54 carat Tiffany diamond worth an estimated $30 million.