Some said she looked like mutton dressed as lamb, others that she was hamming it up. Critics didn't mince their words about Lady Gaga's meat dress but it had fashionistas drooling for more. Now, the flamboyant pop star, who is as well known for her outrageous outfits as for her hits, is joining the line-up of A-list celebrities at waxworks museum Madame Tussauds.
The Hong Kong branch is one of eight around the world to feature the singer. Each waxwork worldwide will be dressed in a different costume - the Philip Treacy telephone hat, black Armani coat and towering platform shoes, as seen on British talk show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, for instance; and the black Marjan Pejoski harlequin bodysuit with oversized neck ruff and poker-straight platinum hair, as seen at the Grand InterContinental hotel in Seoul, South Korea. We won't know which costume will be on show where until next month.
Ahead of the release, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is holding a fashion-design competition for the best sketch of 'a flashy outfit and accessories that would suit Lady Gaga's glam-rock style'. The winner will get HK$2,000, but you'll have to be quick on the draw, because the deadline is tomorrow (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
The launch is said to be the biggest and most ambitious in Madame Tussauds' history, with all versions of Lady Gaga being unveiled on the same day. The artist has been working with her favourite designers to ensure the clothes are perfect. Make-up artists, hairdressers and stylists will finish off the look, down to the last freckle.
'All the styles are classic Gaga and we're sure her fans will be delighted,' says Bret Pidgeon, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Madame Tussauds is in the Peak Tower and opens daily from 10am to 10pm. For tickets, call 2849 6966.