by Caroline Weber
There’s no denying that Lady Gaga’s resume is impressive. Since 2008, she’s sold millions of albums worldwide and won numerous Grammy Awards. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world. Her unique fashion sense is recognizable around the world. Now, to add to this list, Gaga has created a workshop at one of New York City’s most famous department stores.
Gaga’s Holiday Workshop at Barneys New York, open until Jan. 2, features a line of products designed and selected by Lady Gaga and her fashion director, Nicola Formichetti.
A variety of items is available at the workshop, from Gaga shoe chocolates to leather jackets and embellished collar necklaces. The prices of items appeal to any budget; one of the least expensive items is a $14 Papabubble candy bow ring and the most expensive item is a pair of $4,100 Noritaka Tatehana Night Maker shoes.
According to gagasworkshop.com, 25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, set to launch in 2012. Gaga said the foundation “focuses on awareness and improving bravery and youth all over the world.”
The art for the workshop was designed by assume vivid astro focus, an international art collective, according to gagasworkshop.com.The collective draws inspiration from music, technology and video to create art in a “unique psychedelic pop-nouveau style.” According to huffingtonpost.com, Gaga said she wanted the workshop to be “whimsical and fun, with a sense of art and fashion.”
Situated in the middle of the workshop is a massive statue of Gaga atop shiny black pebbles and pieces of broken mirror. The room is predominantly black and pink, and statues of Gaga depicted in different forms, including as a spider, are displayed throughout the room.
In addition to the workshop, Gaga, Formichetti and Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman designed four window displays on the store’s Madison Avenue side. One display, “Gaga’s Boudoir,” is a scene of Gaga’s bedroom in which everything is made out of both real and synthetic hair.
Gagasworkshop.com features a Gaga Machine, which allows fans to enter codes hidden on the website and around New York City to unlock special prizes.
Fans can also create a monster avatar to send tweets and updates about their shopping experiences at the workshop.