The Russian designer's dramatic jacquard gown with peplum details at the hips revealed a feminine side of the pop singer, who bunched up the oversized train and swished it around as though it were a performance prop.
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Spring Show, 2014
Gaga, who was then the face of Versace's spring campaign, donned a crystal-hooded dress that provided stark contrast to her pale face and platinum hair -- and the long train she held with her fingers only added to the drama.
Brandon Maxwell, Fox Emmy Afterparty, 2015
The star was an alabaster vision in this custom strapless dress from stylist Brandon Maxwell's debut collection. "It was the finale look, so we did it in white for her," he says. The voluminous sleeves, which connected across her back, heightened the glamour.
Like Gaga herself, the look defied expectations -- is it a tuxedo? A dress? Are those fishnets? -- but the sum total of the outfit is classic Gaga. A plunging black jacket with strong shoulder pads was at once severe and feminine.
Alexis Mabille Couture, Musicares Benefit, 2014
She looked every bit the refined woman in this keyhole gown with pleated bodice and bejeweled waistband that was made edgy with sunglasses and a Scarface-era Michelle Pfeiffer haircut.
Balenciaga, Met Gala, 2015
The kimono-inspired, custom Alexander Wang number with a feathered and crystal-embellished jacket amazed with its sheer volume. "They sat together and went through every fabric, every jewel," says Maxwell. "It was very collaborative."
Alaia, Academy Awards, 2015
For her showstopping Oscars moment, the singer wore a custom dress with the red leather gloves that launched a thousand memes. "It was the first time [Alaia] had done an Oscar dress," says Maxwell. "It took six people to put [it] over her head."