In Which I Admit That Lady Gaga Has Finally Won Me Over

It started with this...
'Poker Face'. The perversely catchy song and this particular image from the video. Both were very arresting. But then I promptly forgot about her.

Until this...
'Paparazzi'. A song I didn't notice until I saw the video and realized she's dressed like some haute couture version of Mickey Mouse when she poisons her onscreen lover. Huh.

Then this...
I have no idea when or where this is from but she's performing in a getup comprised entirely of bubbles. I admire the ability to wear the largely intangible as clothing. While performing. I mean... bubbles.

Then this...
'Bad Romance'. The song is wildly earworm-ish and this particular ensemble so strongly evokes a reverse Jadis from 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' that I couldn't not love it.

And of course this...
Also 'Bad Romance'. Wherein she causes her lover to spontaneously combust in bed. That's him in flames behind her.

Finally this...
Part one of the Grammys double whammy in which she is clothed in a solar system. She's wearing space. Not to be outdone by her own red carpet appearance, she later appears in this...

The Snow Miser at high tea.

How can I not succumb when faced with this seemingly endless parade of insane/fabulous ensembles punctuated, intermittently, by catchy dance songs that beget mad/cool videos? I tend to be swayed by sartorial choices and Lady Gaga is like a couture fashion show wrapped in an off-Broadway theatrical experiment as presented on a pop music pedestal. Any one element on it's own isn't really enough but together - the videos containing the fashion leading to the actuality at awards shows - is just amazing. She wears theories the way the rest of us wear pants. She clothes herself in ideas when the rest of us have to settle for fabric. It's very intoxicating to someone as easily seduced by visuals as me.

Lady Gaga is neither the instigator nor creator of attention-grabbing fashion as pop music's bedfellow. She didn't make the platform she now so totally rules. Cher and Bjork, just off the top of my head, were doing it first. There seemingly has always been a pop star like her and probably always will be. But what Lady Gaga does so well is immerse herself in her own fantasy and seamlessly translate it into truly original videos and highly entertaining live performances. She's utterly dedicated to her performance, on and off stage, more than anything else and that is what sets her apart and makes her such a breath of fresh air in the industry today.