When Lady Gaga called off her Paris concert last month due to the strikes that erupted across the city, despairing fans who couldn't see her in person could at least console themselves with a visit to the exhibition "Lady Gaga à Gogo" at Galerie Chappe. Hundreds in fact did so every day of the show's run from October 22-30, pouring into the first exhibition ever devoted to Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga, which presented an exquisite balance of high fashion and high art.
Lady Gaga's wardrobe is the star of the show, which features dresses and accessories designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Thierry Mugier, and Viktor & Rolf for "Telephone;" the sartorial stylings of Vava Dudu and Mächen Mächen for "Bad Romance;" and the designs of Marko Mitanovski and Nina Butkovich-Budden for "Interlude." Also on view are dresses designed by Olivier Bobin and Visbol de Arce for the singer's various public appearances and an ensemble by Vera Thordardottir that Lady Gaga wore for her concert with Elton John.
While Lady Gaga often borrows from canonized art and film in her videos and live performances, this show includes artwork the she herself inspired. In the portrait gallery, photographs and original illustrations by Bernard Chandran explore Lady Gaga's extravagant fashion statements alongside works by Steven Passaro and Stefan Mucchielli. The most Pop-meets-pop piece in the show is Marc Sichs Dunkin' Donuts-inspired portrait of Lady Gaga. Another intriguing work is artist Aurèle's sculpture of a dog wearing a platinum wig. Orlan has loaned his renowned piece "Sein Unique: Monstration Phallique" ("Single Breast: Phallic Demonstration"), which looks as if it came directly from the the set of the singer’s "Alejandro" video.
Exhibition organizer Alexandra Boucherifi had the official support of Polydor and Universal France, but she did not work with the singer directly. "Personally, I admire and wonder about someone who, at the tender age of 24, is one of the most influential figures in the world," Boucherifi told ARTINFO France. "I dance to Lady Gaga sometimes, but I am not what she calls a 'Little Monster.' I am the exhibition organizer and I think that to create a successful show you have to have a little distance from the artist."