Lady Gaga's latest frock has her airborne as 'ARTPOP' launches

Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:25pm EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the eve of her fourth studio album's release, pop diva Lady Gaga lived up to her reputation for doing things on a grand scale on Sunday as she donned what she called the world's first flying dress.

Gaga, known as much for her off-the-wall performances and outrageous costumes as for her music, was strapped into a contraption mounted on a flat disk and fronted by a molded body suit. It hoisted her aloft before a horde of media and industry types.

The dress, which she dubbed "VOLANTIS," may only have risen a few feet off the ground and propelled her perhaps 20 feet before alighting. But no matter, Gaga was, well, gaga, letting out a joyous screech after her "flight" in a warehouse at the decidedly unglamorous Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Calling VOLANTIS "an amazing ambassador for creativity, Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, said that while her latest sartorial statement "is a vehicle, she essentially is a metaphor for me." She explained that Gaga was serving as a voice for "the youth of the world," especially those "who don't think they'll ever penetrate the corporate world."

The pop star has made world youth, especially the disenfranchised, a personal cause. Among other initiatives, she has set up a foundation and lobbied extensively against bullying.

In a message to young fans around the world, she said: "Harness your creativity, harness your invention, and know that you are valuable."

The event was one of many over several days that Gaga has staged in conjunction with the U.S. launch of ARTPOP, which will be released on Monday after a delay owing to a hip injury.

Gaga has described ARTPOP as "a celebration and a poetic musical journey" marked by a "lack of maturity and responsibility." On Sunday night she noted "the album's a little chaotic," adding "there's a mathematics, a physics about it," which she saw as tying in nicely with her flying machine.   Continued...

Lady Gaga prepares to fly with the Volantis, a flying dress, at the "artRave" release event of her new album "ARTPOP" in New York November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly