The much-anticipated March Vogue cover has finally been revealed, and the "Lady of Pop" is wearing a pink candy-colored wig and a Haider Ackermann dress.
In the feature, Mario Testino photographs the star as a latter-day Marie Antoinette of sorts -- peched under a garland of flowers in spectacular, architectural attire. Jonathan Van Meter's profile of Gaga is scintillating to say the least, managing to capture both the Lady's eccentricities and mania.
Naturally, Gaga discusses the fashion set's infatuation with her, and describes a particularly graphic encounter with the late designer, Alexander McQueen:
"The fashion community in general got me much earlier than everyone else," she says. "But actually, I felt truly embraced by this London cultural movement, that McQueen, Isabella, Daphne Guinness wing of the English crowd. I remember when I first started doing photo shoots, people would say, 'My God, you look so much like Isabella Blow, it scares me.' And McQueen used to say, ‘Oh, my God, your boobs!’ He actually grabbed both of them and said, 'Even your boobs are like hers!'"
Gaga also addresses her continued collaboration with the stylist Nicola Formichetti, taking care to note that he should really be getting the credit for all of the Mugler work -- "Nicola is fashion,' she says -- though she did acknowledge some influence. Mostly, she seems frustrated with the cultural world's constant dissection of her dressing habits:
"People are like, ‘She dresses this way for attention.’ Or like, ‘Ugh, the meat dress.’ ” She rolls her eyes. “People just want to figure it out or explain it. The truth is, the mystery and the magic is my art. That is what I am good at. You are fascinated with precisely the thing that you are trying to analyze and undo.”;
If the length of Van Meter's profile and the accompanying Vogue cover are any indication, America is fascinated indeed.