At today’s Inauguration, Lady Gaga made as much of a fashion statement as she did a political one.
Wearing a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture ensemble which comprised a navy cashmere fitted jacket and red silk faille skirt, the star performed the national anthem to rapturous applause.
“As an American living in Paris, this ensemble is a love letter to the country I miss so dearly and to a performer whose artistry I have so long admired. Maison Schiaparelli is honored to have this chance to dress the iconic Lady Gaga on this historic Inauguration Day," said Schiaparelli creative director, Daniel Roseberry in a statement. "God Bless Lady Gaga and God Bless America.”
But it wasn’t just Gaga’s fabulous frock that caught our attention, but the Schiaparelli “gilded dove of peace” brooch that adorned her jacket and the message it conveyed.
As we know, doves have long been a symbol of peace. In ancient Greek mythology they symbolised love and the renewal of life and in ancient Japanese culture, a dove carrying a sword marked the end of war.
Taking to her Instagram yesterday, the star shared an image of herself in an all-white Givenchy look, with the caption: “I pray tomorrow will be a day of peace for all Americans. A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance, not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls.”
Gaga is no stranger to a political sartorial statement. To cast her vote in 2016, she wore a dramatic suffragette-style tulle dress complete with a cowboy hat embellished with the words VOTE on it, and need we remind you of that meat dress from the 2010 VMAs?
"If we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones," Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres in a post-VMA interview.
Gaga is an ardent Biden supporter and harnessed her 45 million-strong Instagram following during the election to influence Americans to vote for President Biden and his running mate, Vice President Harris.