Why Lady Gaga Wore a Bulletproof Dress for This Performance

Lady Gaga performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration wearing a stunning navy blue jacket with a brooch shaped like a dove holding an olive branch — a symbol of peace. The simple jacket and skirt marked a departure from the pop star’s prior eccentric ensembles.

In typical Lady Gaga fashion, however, the dress featured a surprise that no one would have known if the singer had not revealed it. Let’s look at the dress she wore and why it was special.

Lady Gaga’s rising star

The singer/songwriter was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She has been performing since an early age and has made a name for herself in the music and fashion worlds. Lady Gaga is known for her flamboyant costumes and her activism regarding LGBTQ+ rights. 

The 35-year-old has also dabbled in acting. She appeared in Machete Kills in 2013 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in 2014. She shocked audiences in a season of American Horror Story as a vampiric countess. And she broke hearts opposite Bradley Cooper in the remake of A Star is Born

Lady Gaga’s recent acting endeavor, House of Gucci, stars her as Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of arranging the assassination of her ex-husband and former head of the Gucci fashion house, Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver. Reggiani served 16 years in prison for the crime.

The surprise element of Lady Gaga’s inaugural outfit

At the presidential inauguration, Lady Gaga wore an outfit designed by Schiaparelli, an Italian designer. The jacket was a simple navy blue with an oversized brooch in the shape of a dove holding an olive branch.

Something that most people watching could not have known was that the outfit was bulletproof. It is unclear whether the outfit itself was bulletproof or if the singer was wearing a bulletproof vest underneath. 

The significance of the oversized golden dove holding an olive branch was symbolic and an important piece to the ensemble. Lady Gaga meant for it to represent a new beginning of peace and co-existence as a direct juxtaposition to the previous administration’s agenda. She felt President Donald Trump drove a deep wedge into the nation.

Gaga says the performance was ‘one of the proudest days of my whole life’

Lady Gaga speaks to President-elect Joe Biden at his Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021
President Joe Biden speaks with Lady Gaga at his Presidential Inauguration | Greg Nash – Pool/Getty Images

Lady Gaga has performed many, many times in front of various audiences. But this performance was special to the singer for several reasons. For this occasion, Gaga told British Vogue, “Like many people in America, I felt a deep fear when Trump was president, and ushering 45 out and 46 in is something I’ll be able to tell my children all about.” 

The singer may have felt the need for extra protection during the event due to extremists that have threatened violence around the Biden administration. Many feel the former president won the re-election and that widespread voter fraud occurred. Gaga has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, as have many celebrities in Hollywood.

Lady Gaga has used her celebrity status to shine a light on many issues. She has made it clear that she doesn’t care if her opinions are popular or not. Her fashion statements are just that — statements. With this ensemble, she spoke loud and clear. She believes that the country can heal and move forward toward a more tolerant and inclusive world.

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