Lady Gaga in Prabal Gurung at the 2013 MTV VMAs

Posted on August 26, 2013

Steffi must have an entire wing of her house devoted to her wigs. And a staff of dozens to lovingly maintain them, we hope. Reverent, quiet, white-gloved skinny little twinks, moving efficiently from wigstand to wigstand, blowing away imaginary dust, softly misting each wig with hair spray, patting it down, and putting the glass dome back in place. We bet you they wear lab coats. With sequins. We bet you they all silently judge each other’s wig-tending skills.

Let’s all close our eyes and picture it for a moment.


Lady Gaga attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a custom Prabal Gurung Spring satin gown with a tulle train printed with rubber rosettes.

The dress is perfectly Gaga; dark and dramatic. Goth Prom. We’re not sure about the lace train and the ugly flounce, though.

It’s surprisingly low key considering her history of showing up wearing meat or inside eggs or some other damn thing that looks like a grade school science fair project about the Four Food Groups. Here, she’s serving up Morticiadonatella. Which is fine, but unexpected. Maybe she figured there was going to be enough spectacle on display throughout the evening (including her own stage performance) that it would make more of an impact if she showed up somewhat quietly (for her).


[Photo Credit:, Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

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  • MarissaLG

    One of the best trash bag dresses I’ve seen.

    • I was gonna go there, but you beat me to it! lol

    • kmk05

      You took the reply right out of my fingers!

    • Paigealicious

      Alaska did it better.

      • Fifi LaRoux

        This was my reply!

      • iseeshesaid

        She does most things better.

    • NC_Meg

      On my phone it looked like satin…not great but better than a trash bag.

    • Sarah

      Hefty CinchSak realness, if you please.

    • ballerinawithagun

      But she manged to find THREE textures of trash bags!

    • MoHub

      You beat me to it as well!

    • deelup

      Hefty! Hefty! Hefty!

      Stinky! Stinky! Stinky!

    • lilazander

      I’d say just giant trash bag.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I thought for a minute that Stella made it, She ran out of leathuh!

  • It’s boring and horribly cheap looking. Are these our only choices? Pods or Hefty dresses?

  • Sobaika

    Se actually looks rather good, I just wish it wasn’t made out of a trash bag.

  • gsk241

    Your brain-picture of the wig tending queens was far more interesting than this dress.

    • Monabel

      It reminded me of the scenes with all the alternate heads for Jean March (Princess Mombi?) in “Return to Oz”

      • WendyD

        Great, now I’ll have nightmares tonight.

    • StellaZafella

      I think RuPaul’s twink army does a better job, though. Steffi’s hair has been looking a bit “off the rack” lately, at least to me.

      • Darren Nesbitt

        Agreed, I think the fortress-of-wigatude of Nicki and Ru is in much greater care.

    • jen_vasm

      There are chambers for each hue of wig and the coordinating lab coats must be changed when an attendant enters a new room. God forbid a stray brunette strand gets found in the blond room!

  • MilaXX

    Why is she gripping her weave like that?

    • Danielle

      Maybe it’s doubling as her purse.

  • leahpapa

    Is this a magic eye picture? I’ve been staring at my screen for three minutes and I still can’t get a grip on what the dress looks like.

    ETA: OK, I’m getting a shiny skirt, a fabric lump at the hip, and an open back with a bustle?

  • abyets

    When I saw her appear on the red carpet, I thought maybe if she turned around, the skirt would be ass-less, and therefore, Gaga. Turns out, she saved it for the performance.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      If I had an ass like hers, I’d never cover it up.

  • Sarah

    “Printed rubber rosettes.” Ew.

  • sewchick

    Personally I think Alaska wore it better.

  • Jacquelyn

    I just realized that her wig is so long she’s holding it in her hand.

    Compared to Katy Perry’s animal kingdom dress, this isn’t bad. Except that judged on its own merits, it’s pretty bad. That train with “rubber rosettes” is like something you make on Halloween.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Gaga’s Wig Handlers.. now that would make an excellent Rankin-Bass animated special!

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love the minimal makeup look for her. I feel like the dress makes a distinctive noise when she moves.

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Alaska did it better.

  • Robin K. Osterberg

    is there a reason that this woman has to always wear such ridiculous shoes that she is unable to walk unassisted… were her feet bound as a child or something?!? she looks stupid!

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    boooooooooooooooooooooring as her performance…

  • golden_valley

    Morticiadonatella! Love the word!

    • Introspective

      hmmm. morticiadonatella… i think Id like to throw back a couple with that woman. but her RC style would always scare me. as it does above.

    • tereliz

      I just want a nice melty morticiadonatella croque monsieur. God that sounds good.

      • AnneElliot

        With some Italian sausage. Then it could be a morticiadonatella with mortadella!

    • Louise Bryan

      I’m torn between Wednesday Friday Addams and Bride of Frankenstein, myself.

  • Beardslee

    Hoof shoes and a dress so cumbersome, she needs minions to help her move in it. Oh well, she looks great from the waist up.

  • Danielle

    The white-gloved skinny twinks are cracking me UP.

  • marlie

    This is a little underwhelming, but I suppose it’s on-trend with the new, slightly more subdued (style-wise) Gaga. Far less exciting for us, though.

  • Darcy H

    Is her wig also her clutch? Or does she just have the wig awkwardly wrapped around her hand?

  • BitterOldQueen

    I adore me some Gaga, and I get the whole shocking-by-going-simpler thing, but this dress still just makes her look dowdy, in my flagrantly inflated opinion. As she demonstrated later, she’s got an amazing body and can look good in pretty much anything, but this seems to me to be pulling her generally downward and turning her rapidly not so much into Morticia but into Nonna Gaga. And those shoes… But I love the image of the wig-tenders; I think they have to wear paper slippers with their sparkly lab coats, though, to reduce static. But pretty paper slippers. With five-inch heels.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I am completely confused as to what is in her hand…is that her super long wig wrapped around her hand, or is it her purse. Both? I’m going with both.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I don’t really have anything to say about her. But my mind is now busy imagining the wig-tending minions in their sequined lab coats, gently caring for all the wigs in the wig-wing of her mansion. Must be a full-time job.

  • MarTeaNi

    Morticia wouldn’t be caught dead in such a deflated trash bag of garment, with little bits of other dresses tacked onto it. She also wouldn’t go around clutching her own hair as if afraid someone were going to snatch it off her head.

    • Donna Tabor

      I’ve pretty much decided to channel Morticia for Halloween this year. Nice to have a role model, don’t you think?

      • MarTeaNi

        I don’t know that I’d pick Steph. Did you see Naya Rivera’s dress? She even had that way of standing bonelessly, as if her hips were floating on a cloud of darkness without any legs underneath.

  • pattyw

    Somewhere, under one of those glass domes, is Hot Ginger Handler. Let him loose, Gaga, let him loose.

  • another_laura

    “Let’s all close our eyes and picture it for a moment.”

    I have, and it was delicious. Thanks, T Lo!

  • Ramon Figueroa

    Where’s ginger handler?

  • Did she really get rid of HGH? Because I do not like Maybe-Silver-Haired Handler nearly as much.

    • Hot Ginger Handler went off and formed his own personal security company. We’ve chatted a couple of times on twitter and he congratulated us recently on our wedding.

      • Denise Plank

        Dear HGH, I have been feeling insecure lately…

      • HGH Securities, Inc.
        “Here to guard your body.”

      • No way!! I love this so much.

  • elemspbee

    Is this fairly unmediated presentation of her face a new phase?

  • Imasewsure

    Morticiadonatella indeed! Should have been better though but it’s ok

  • Adding almost every post today to the very long list of Things I Do Not Get. (Also on the list: “twerking.”)

  • decormaven

    The bustle completly mystifies me. Why is it there? I’d like to have seen some serious, yet twisted jewelry, and much better shoes.

  • formerlyAnon

    Please! brunette, sweetie, not black. Also, the hairline of this one is not the most flattering. There are also more flattering necklines for you.

    But overall, I’m most struck by the hyper-attentiveness of at least two handlers who are entirely concentrated on helping her move without stumbling.

  • Little_Olive

    Seriously dropping the ball, Gaga. Well, you had it coming, contriving all that whack in two years time.

  • stardust462

    The wig looks better in these pictures, but it looked really cheap on TV. It’s not good when you can see the lace.

  • Diego!

    Homeless Morticia Adams. Steffi you can do it better, wear a grocery next time!

  • siriuslover

    didn’t she used to have a cute ginger handler? What happened to him?

    • kimmeister

      Pssst, scroll upward just a bit and you’ll find out. 🙂

      • siriuslover

        OK. I do have to admit that I’ve never gotten the knack of the new framework for comments.

  • bertkeeter

    Over her and her!

  • kimmeister

    I’m curious about the back of the dress. Looks like there’s a white triangle on the small of her back, although I can’t make out the material.

  • YoungSally

    Did Drag Brows start working for Prabal…or just inspire him??

  • tereliz

    Love the face and the dark hair and the (relatively) simple black dress, but the wig being so long she’s gripping it like a baby’s binky is just GROSS!!

  • steeg of their own

    I wish that Lady Gaga would show up one day at one of these events in vintage House of Worth and blow everybody’s mind.

  • AnneElliot

    I miss Hot Ginger Handler. Sigh. The Gaga posts just aren’t the same without him.

  • iseeshesaid

    Is that her hair she’s holding? Is that some sort of new accessory? Also, a little lipstick couldn’t hurt. She looks like Morticia.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    yawn….is she gone yet? Zzzzzz

  • Marianne Wardle

    It’s an incognito look for her.

  • guest2visits

    I don’t think Morticiadonatella is her best look.

  • Rusky Razvan

    She looks really pretty with that wig and makeup.The dress could’ve been more interesting if done right but it looks a bit mediocre

  • Erica_Vuitton

    It would’ve been way cooler and a throwback to the earlier more DIY Gaga if she actually had her hair guy make the end of that wig into a small purse.

  • Constant Reader

    I realize I’m showing my age, but I feel like anything that lets Gaga express her inner… (I don’t know… Self? Artist? Turmoil?) and keeps her nipples and ladyparts covered is a win.

  • Shawn EH

    She made smart choices, because she looked fine in comparison to the actual freak shows of the night.

  • Louise Bryan

    Wednesday Friday Addams, all grown up and at the VMAs!

  • Lauren Lynch Fox

    So glad she is back, even in a trash bag. Love you Ga Ga!

  • Anniebet

    She can look lovely depending on the level of bizarre she decides to rock any given day. This is probably a 2 on a 1-10 scale of bizarreness, thus she’s quite pretty here. What disturbs me is that whatever work she’s had done apparently has left her without the ability to close her mouth.

  • Pennymac

    Sigh. I miss HGH.

  • Has anyone here ever watched “Return to Oz”? The 1985-ish movie where Dorothy goes back and meets Jack Pumpkinhead and TikTok?
    Because there is a character in that movie, Mombi, who beheaded all the girls in the Emerald City. But instead of it killing them, she keeps the heads alive in glass chambers in a giant gallery, and she selects a new head everyday.
    Gaga IS Mombi.

    • jjtxgrrl

      Yes. And Yes!!!

  • Call me Bee

    She is one gal whose face I can never really recognize. I never know it’s her until I read the captions under her picture. (And…I suppose she styles herself for just that exact effect…)

  • macwell

    I think she timed it down because she didn’t want to be any more obvious that she wants to be the only one with the ‘hit’ single out. She chose to just dress a little Gaga and not go full throttle meat dress/egg chariot…..LOL!! 😉

  • HVM

    This is Kesha’s dress.

  • Danielle West

    I mean, she did spend the entire show in a thong and seashell bra. Why give it all away at the beginning?