Lo, however, was a different story. I knew a few months ago that she would make a perfect Lady Gaga (chief among my reasons: she cannot yet say "OH HAILLLLLL NO, MOM."). It was the perfect costume project, and I set out to pull one together for her myself. The steps that follow would work for any grownup or kid intent on Gagafying themselves:
STEP 1: FIND A JUMPING-OFF POINT/FOCAL POINT FOR YOUR COSTUME. I (sigh) BEGRUDGINGLY SUGGEST AMERICAN APPAREL.
In my case, it was these leggings from That Store (and if you know me BUT AT ALL, you know that me crediting them for anything positive is a miracle):
STEP 2: FIND RIDICULOUS SHOES TO MATCH:
STEP 3: FIND A PLAIN BLACK ONESIE/ CHEAP LEOTARD. BID IT -- AS YOU KNOW IT -- A FOND ADIEU:
STEP 4: BUY/FIND THE TACKIEST, UGLIEST, MOST VISUALLY OFFENSIVE DRESS YOU CAN, ON THE CHEAP. ONCE AGAIN, BID IT A FOND ADIEU.
My strategy here involved going to a store that sells off-price European kids clothes (which are generally more out-there than American stuff), and digging right in to the "clearance-clearance-PLEASE TAKE THIS STUFF MY GOD WE WILL PAY YOU" rack. This is how I found a dress -- that was what appeared to be the sartorial bastard child of a mid-'80s Katarina Witt skating costume and something that Minnie Mouse would wear to a funeral -- reduced from $89 to $4.99:
STEP 5: DECONSTRUCT DRESS.
I cut free-form shapes from the outer layer, and sewed them all over the onesie:
...that it would make perfect Gaga-esque epaulet...type...things. Like so:
STEP 6: GET A LITTLE PUNCHY, WORK ON ORIGINAL THEMED RAP. OBVIOUSLY, THE NINJA TURTLE SNUGGIE IS INVOLVED.
(Hey, I'm just telling you my process, here.)
STEP 7: ADMIRE "HANDIWORK."
STEP 8: HAIR! RELATED: PURCHASE SOMETHING VERRRRRY IMPORTANT.
I scoured the internet for the perfect Gaga hair bow to complete the look, and found one in this Etsy shop. (I heartily endorse her and her work, which not only looked great, but withstood the clutches of a grabby toddler. I did not mention my blog to her, so I'm gaining nothing by telling you this.)
Seeing as I was dealing with a toddler, I quickly realized that dark eyeshadow/liner, while true to the overall look, kind of made her look like...a wee 'tute. Not cool. I quickly backed up off that, and focused instead on myriad forms of crazypants glitter/sparkles, and red, red lips.
Obviously, she was pleased.
Eh, whatever, she got over it.
STEP 10: UNLEASH BABY GAGA ON THE WORRRRRLD!