Lady Gaga is an auteur in the truest sense of the word. Her music videos — provocative, risqué, and controversial — revolutionized the visual format, making way for longer films, wackier stunts, and taboo topics to become mainstream. Here, NYLON breaks down her music video evolution, from The Fame to Chromatica.
Lady Gaga burst onto the pop culture scene with “Just Dance” — a song appropriately about soothing your drunken self with self-expression, and accompanied by a video filled with American Apparel bodysuits, digital cameras, and other 2008 paraphernalia.
With “Paparazzi,” Gaga introduced us to her fascination with fame and its attendant vices and downfalls, as well as her love for tight choreography and wearable art as costume. Plus, a make out session with Alexander Skarsgård for good measure.
“Applause” ushered in her most misunderstood era, Artpop, and was filled with her most out-there costumes to date: a busty Boticelli Venus, a smoke-breathing swan, and a face-painted mime.
Lady Gaga’s obvious affinity for theatrics and acting culminated in A Star Is Born, with “Shallow” revealing a stripped-back side of the star we’d never seen before.