Big Shoulders and Lots of Vintage: How Lady Gaga Got Dressed for House of Gucci

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Earlier this summer, the public got its first look at Lady Gaga as the infamous Patrizia Reggiani in the haute tragedy House of Gucci (out later this month) when the studio tweeted a still that featured the star with her lips glazed in frosty burgundy and her hair dyed as dark as shoe polish and fluffed like soufflé. Gaga wore a mink coat and, beneath it, a leather-trimmed tunic in Gucci’s iconic canvas monogram. In short, she appeared every bit the Mrs. Gucci that Reggiani herself had plotted and schemed to be—before she hired a hit man in 1995 to shoot her husband, Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam Driver), scion of the Gucci fortune. (Asked once by a reporter why she didn’t do the job herself, Reggiani responded: “My eyesight is not so good—I didn’t want to miss.”)

The can’t-make-this-stuff-up film, directed by Ridley Scott, is predominately set in the early 1990s, long before Alessandro Michele preached geek chic to his disciples and just prior to Tom Ford repositioning waists to our tailbones.