DUBAI: This week, US singer and actress Lady Gaga looked every inch the showgirl in a crystal-embellished dress by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, as she joined famous crooner Tony Bennett onstage to celebrate the 95th birthday of their longtime collaboration.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, glowed as she walked out of Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall in a bespoke gown that was embellished with crystallised silk-tulle and silver floral appliqués.
The gorgeous gown, which was dripping with embellishments, also featured a plunging neckline, delicate straps, and 3-D ruffles at the hem.
Notably, it was the singer’s first time donning a creation by Baskinta-born designer Georges Hobeika, who designed the song “Bad Romance.”
“The one and only Lady Gaga wow spectators in a custom-made dress by Georges Hobeika after her stunning One Last Time concert at Radio City Music Hall,” the designer wrote on the label’s Instagram account in response to the incident.
Although the garment was originally intended to be worn with a white feather stole, according to the designer’s designs.
Gaga chose to wear the gown on its own and was only accessorised with the unique scarf while taking photos with Bennett backstage.
“I can’t take a breathhhhhh!!!! “Lady Gaga dressed in custom Georges Hobeika (sic),” co-creative director Jad Hobeika wrote on Instagram about the performance.
While it may have been the 35-year-first old’s time donning a design by Georges Hobeika, it was surely not the first time that she has advocated for Arab talent in general.
To be more specific, the singer-actress has donned regional designers on red carpets, during performances, and in front of the camera on numerous occasions, including Emirati fashion brand Khyeli as well as Saudi-led label Ashi Studio.
Additionally, she considered the late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia to be one of her closest friends, and she was naturally upset when he passed away in Paris in 2017.
She paid respect to the legendary couturier on Instagram after his death in 2017.
“I will mourn the loss of my buddy for the rest of my life,” the actress posted on Instagram after learning of the designer’s death.
“I’d stand there in awe as he meticulously handcrafted each and every piece, his fingertips stroking the fabric as if it were poetry.
That is when his desire to feed us all would arise. He would want to cook with his own hands and converse for hours at the table as his dogs ran around excitedly sniffing the excellent meal that he had prepared for us.
A special person would be an understatement if one were to describe him. Simply stating that he was integral, important, and influential to the fashion industry is insufficient.
There was no one else who could have done what he did.”
Additionally, she recognised the designer at the American Music Awards, which were held just one day after his death.