Lady Gaga Heads a Hat Renaissance

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‘She put the hat on, got in the bathtub, and started writing the record,’ says Gladys Tamez of one of the hats she designed for Lady Gaga. So how should you dress the top of a fashionable head?”>

Lady Gaga has hung up her meat dress and traded her monster persona for a character whose style-defining look is less outlandish: a pastel pink, wide-brimmed felt velour hat with a white ribbon.

Shes worn variations of it for weeks now while promoting her new album, Joanne, which features a profile shot of a topless, au natural Gaga donning the light pink head-topper.

She wore it with a silver ribbon that matched her metallic fringe hot pants while performing the country-pop song A-Yo during her first of two SNL performances this past weekend, and sported a ribbonless version as she belted out Million Reasons, both singles off the album.

Finally, she left the studio wearing yet another version of the 70s-esque hat, this one in robins egg blue fastened with an exaggeratedly long feather.

Compared to some of the pop superstars more dramatic headgear choicesfrom telephone and teacup fascinators to an umbrella-sized sunhat fashioned from her own hair and a towering, triangular headpiece that resembled a giant lint-covered tortilla chipGagas preferred topper-of-the-moment is a stylish understatement.

Yet to wear any hat is to court attention, and Gagas timeless, stripped-down new look is fitting with her new album, the title of which is her real middle name.

The Mother Monster we know would likely not go on a Bud Light-sponsored dive bar tour in Nashville, as Gaga did earlier this month.

But according to Gladys Tamez, the Mexican-born, Los-Angeles based milliner designing Gagas new headpieces, theyre not meant to look like the typical cowboy or Western-inspired hats that one associates with the Nashville music scene.

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Tamez believes hats also inspire creativity, and that the content of Joanne was partially born out of another of Tamezs bespoke hats, the Lady Dandy, that Gaga was wearing when she first began working on the new album.

She put the hat on and got in the bathtub and started writing the record, said Tamez. It represents more of who she is inside as opposed to her public persona. The hat is central in a symbolic sense to who this new Lady Gaga is, she added, because the album title is both Gagas real middle name and the name of her late aunt, Joanne Germanotta.

One of the things we talked about were all pastel colors, which are elegant and feminine, so the hats reflect a little bit of the 70s, added Tamez.

Gaga isnt alone: from the hippy chicks of Coachella to hipsters everywhere, hatswide-brimmed and floppy, trim trilbyshave been spotted furnishing many a fashionable head. While not as overtly glamorous or outrageous as Alexis Colby proudly wore in Dynasty, the hats renaissance will only be bolstered by Gagas patronage.

Albertus Swanepoel, a New York-based milliner whose recent work includes designing hats for the Broadway revival of The Front Page, noted that hats have made a comeback in fashion.

I think its part of expressing ones individuality, he said. A hat can give you instant character and a certain look. Plus, craft is the new luxury and people are embracing that as an alternative to mass produced items.

I think its part of expressing ones individuality, he said. A hat can give you instant character and a certain look. Plus, craft is the new luxury and people are embracing that as an alternative to mass produced items.

Whether Gagas Little Monsters will embrace the artists new pared-down persona and style remains to be seen. But we can count on knock-offs of the Lady Joanne hat hitting Forever 21 shelves any day now.

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