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Lady Gaga Was the Unofficial Meme Queen of the Inauguration
20 January 2021
On the day before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Lady Gaga was in DC to rehearse her national anthem performance for the inauguration. But it was her white caped Givenchy moment that had the internet really buzzing, if the reaction to her two photo ops is any indication.
The first image — an artfully staged portrait at the Capitol from a low angle — drew many comparisons to Princess Leia and other Chromatica jokes. She subsequently met with the National Guard, which spawned just as many glorious memes.
Couldn't resist. https://t.co/BL3tVgptoy https://t.co/ED4zisCIHf— eric (@eric) 1611092879.0
Lady Gaga accidentally being sworn in as president tomorrow https://t.co/0oSGOQojQD— nicole boyce (@nicole boyce) 1611092943.0
“Find Madonna. Bring her to me.” https://t.co/F0b21IjNnx— Mike Tague (@Mike Tague) 1611095696.0
“Do you guys like Oreos?” https://t.co/nw9Y0bGeai— Harry Hill (@Harry Hill) 1611092329.0
chromatica: the fempire strikes back https://t.co/efwS9GdjoB— ßr∞klyn (@ßr∞klyn) 1611091269.0
Life imitating art (2021) Princess Leia Lady Gaga https://t.co/FyAWAIjPrR— Alert (@Alert) 1611106132.0
The next day, Gaga arrived to the inauguration in a custom white double-breasted Alaïa coat with matching mask before changing into a custom haute couture gown by Schiaparelli for her performance. The red ball skirt and navy jacket was paired with a gilded brooch in the shape of a dove carrying an olive branch, which Gaga later posted with a caption urging everyone to make peace with each other.
"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," said Schiaparelli Creative Director Daniel Roseberry, who originally hails from Texas. "Maison Schiaparelli is honored to have this chance to dress the iconic Lady Gaga on this historic Inauguration Day. God Bless Lady Gaga and God Bless America." Her look was style by the duo of Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout.
Naturally, the memes were out of control, many of which alluded to the Hunger Games.
Gaga at the Inauguration (2021) https://t.co/PGXTF8Ylfr— Partna ˣ (@Partna ˣ) 1611160721.0
When you have to sing at the inauguration at 11 and win the Hunger Games at 12 #InaugurationDay https://t.co/UBiawzcuNH— Betches (@Betches) 1611161039.0
Not Gaga wearing the mockingjay pin #InaugurationDay https://t.co/4rwGMUlYDk— LET IT BURN (@LET IT BURN) 1611160777.0
Can’t believe they are inaugurating a President at the Lady Gaga concert, I wonder what she’ll do next tour https://t.co/iQStiIhoVE— Gaga Struggle (@Gaga Struggle) 1611162655.0
the trajectory of lady gaga’s career is a national treasure https://t.co/8yFMXgU99W— matt (@matt) 1611160969.0
Lady Gaga went from Star Wars to Hunger Games real quick. https://t.co/VD1BWfAyAT— 〄 (@〄) 1611162355.0
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