The pop diva Lady Gaga lived up to her reputation for doing things on a grand scale on Sunday as she donned what she called the world’s first flying dress.
Gaga, known as much for her off-the-wall performances and outrageous costumes as for her music, was strapped into a contraption mounted on a flat disk and fronted by a moulded body suit. It hoisted her aloft before a horde of media and industry types.
The dress, which she dubbed “Volantis”, rose a few feet off the ground and propelled her about 20 feet, but Gaga let out a joyous screech after her “flight” in a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Calling the dress “an amazing ambassador for creativity”, Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, said that while her latest sartorial statement “is a vehicle, she essentially is a metaphor for me”. She explained that Gaga was serving as a voice for “the youth of the world”, especially those “who don’t think they’ll ever penetrate the corporate world.”
In a message to young fans, she said: “Harness your creativity, harness your invention and know that you are valuable”.
The event was one of many that Gaga has staged in conjunction with the US release of ARTPOP, which came out on Monday after a delay owing to a hip injury.