Lady Gaga’s white pantsuit was one of last night’s most talked about red-carpet looks, but for Brandon Maxwell, the star’s longtime stylist who also launched his own women’s collection last year, it was also the cherry on top of a long season of elegant ensembles that have made the star one of the most stylish on the red carpet.
For the Oscars, Maxwell designed five custom looks for Gaga, but they didn’t choose a final option until the day before the show. The winner was a variation of a white jumpsuit that the designer included in his Fall 2016 collection, which he showed at New York Fashion Week earlier in February. “We always approach all of our projects together very naturally,” Maxwell told Billboard after the Oscars. “It starts with a discussion, she tells me how she sees herself looking on the red carpet, and then we go back and forth on the design and fits.”
The designer (who Gaga describes as her “best friend”) also created the other white jumpsuit that the singer wore while performing “Til It Happens to You,” which was nominated for best original song. “The final choice is always up to Gaga, as this was her big night,” said Maxwell. “But this year, I was honored when she asked me to create something for her to wear on the red carpet as well as her performance.”
The all-white looks are a contrast to the performer’s last awards show appearance, when she showed up to the Grammys in a sequined blue Marc Jacobs gown and red hair, paying homage to David Bowie. “This is the biggest night in Hollywood, and the ideas are so different from what we created for the Grammys,” said Maxwell, who also put the star in a white gown from Azzedine Alaïa for last year’s Academy Awards. “For the Oscars, I ultimately just want her to feel strong, confident and beautiful. It’s all about her on this night.”
And though Gaga has been wearing more elegant, timeless red-carpet looks as of late, one detail remains constant: her penchant for sky-high platform shoes. Underneath Maxwell’s design, the star wore a pair of white lace-up boots with a 12-inch heel.