She asked for applause, and applause she got. After walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga performed her new single "Applause" — and her opening act involved almost as many costume changes as the song's fashion-filled music video. Here, a breakdown of everything Gaga wore on stage at the VMAs.
First, there was an all-white ensemble that looked like nothing so much as a futuristic couture nun's habit.
The all-white garment tore away to reveal a rhinestone-studded black catsuit.
Dancers helped transform the catsuit with the addition of a platinum-blond wig, a purple skirt, and a coordinating jacket with some serious shoulder pads.
Soon the suit came off, and on went a little face paint and a new blond wig. But that wig didn't stay there for long.
Finally, Gaga took off even the black catsuit in favor of a white clamshell bra and a thong covered in flowers.
And the crowd, quite naturally, went wild.