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As Christina Aguilera gets ready to launch back into the world of music it came to my attention how much she is starting to look and dress like Lady GaGa. Now, Christina was around long before GaGa hit the scene but it’s a shame she’s felt the need to go down the road of the slight S&M feel to her new music video. I love Christina when she went through that whole fifties phase, singing Candy Man in her white pencil dress and pin curls. There can only be, sadly, room for one Lady GaGa seen as she strives to take centre stage where ever she goes. Christina has the voice so she should pick a style that’s new and not out there already. My advice for her would be to stick to the whole sexy siren, Jazz singer look she had back in 2007 with her corsets and bustle skirts…let’s hope she’s reading!


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Basques and corsets are back in fashion again in 2010, it is not a secret, the trend is largely due to the huge popularity of celebrities like Rihanna and Lady GaGa. The corset will obtain things for celebrities that no other garment can. The corset or basque will reduce the waist instantly, improve confidence and posture, can be glamorous, eye-catching and worn in several ways.

Rihanna the singer and umbrella hit maker flaunted her sexy curves and brought New York to a stand still when she stepped out in an eye-popping outfit for a shopping trip; she was seen in a satin corset tops under a pink cardigan, and teamed it with a pair of white jeans and pink shades. Lady GaGa has recently been seen in a metallic corset to promote her single and when interviewed for Rolling Stone magazine appeared to be wearing nothing but a Perspex corset with a few carefully placed bubbles.

Kylie is well known for loving her corsets; the pop princess is seen in tight black corsets and thigh high stiletto boots. Alesha Dixon has vamped it up wearing a tight cream corset and bustle and with some wet look red leggings. The Halo singer, Beyonce has shown off her womanly assets to their full potential in eye-catching fashion corsets and designer jewellery both on stage and the red carpet. The America singer Katy Perry brought some extra glamour to the MTV Europe Music Awards in Berlin with a series of eye-catching corsets.

Corsets have had us in a lather when the soap stars of the small screen hit the red carpet at the awards, three TV beauties, Hollyoaks actress Hollie-Jay Bowes, East Enders’ Kara Tointon and Emmerdale’s Jenna Louise Coleman, dazzled in stylish corset dresses, with Hollie-Jay opting for a traditional black and white corset paired with a black skirt and platform shoes. Jenna Louise donned a flattering black corset and monochrome full knee-length skirt, while Kara chose a gold satin tutu dress.

Any doubt that women with curves, breasts and creamy shoulders can not be beautiful, have not seen the sight of Nigella Lawson, in a dazzling red corset dress. The Vivienne Westwood scarlet corset dress gave her a tiny nipped in waist and with her ample bust pushed up, made her shine with health and confidence.

So the message is that womens corsets are magic figure fixers to get you noticed, they are gorgeous and sexy, can be worn by anyone, not just celebrities. You could pair a corset with leggings and go out clubbing or to a party or with trousers, jeans or skirt for a more casual night out. But they can equally be worn in the boudoir. A good corset is more expensive than other tops, but they achieve things other garments can not, and if looked after, will last years as they don’t date.

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LAST Friday, the former Lower East Side burlesque artist Lady Gaga unleashed her video Telephone. Oh my heavens. I felt like it was 1990 again. In 1990, Madonna’s career was already way past boiling point. But things hadn’t yet warmed up for academic pest Camille Paglia. Late that year, the Yale alum took the temperature of the culture and published her results in The New York Times.

When she declared Madonna the degree zero of pop, Paglia herself became white hot.

”Madonna is the true feminist,” wrote Paglia 20 years ago. In her panegyric to smut, the professor hailed the music video for Justify My Love as ”an eerie, sultry tableau of jaded androgynous creatures” and, in short, the future of a liberated art.

At the time, some of us agreed.

Here at last in Madonna’s faintly pornographic reworking of Cavani’s The Night Porter was a positive and empowering vision of female sexuality. We could do that, then. Back in 1990, it was not yet embarrassing to use words like ”positive” and ”empowering”. And, back in 1990, being a feminist was about as much fun as being a bank teller. When Paglia introduced the metrics of sex, we immediately added it to our feminist ledger.

Together, Paglia and Madonna launched a thousand term papers. Hungry for a bit of raunch, feminist art critics wrote essays praising Madonna with titles such as Justify My Ideology.

God. I think I turned something in to my tutor at Sydney about the song Borderline and how its lyric uttered ”Madonna’s transgressive sexuality”. I’m pretty sure I got an HD.

Whenever a woman artist took her clothes off and demonstrated that femininity was a performance, you could be sure an undergraduate would write an essay about it.

For the next little while in the worlds of pop, the avant-garde and academia, things proceeded in this vein. From the Queer performance of Holly Hughes, whose work was praised by The New York Times for scraping ”away decades of encrusted decorum”, to the girl power of the Spice Girls, the new camp feminism could be felt. This was fun for a spell. It seemed that we’d all finally caught up with the prophesies of Susan Sontag, who said, ”Camp sees everything in quotation marks”. It is never a woman but a ”woman”.

The woman on stage, or ”woman”, could not lose with her new weapon of irony. However, like Madonna, this ironic ”woman” business began to get a little old and patchy.

Anyone who has ever sat through a burlesque routine in Northcote, or seen the movie Spice World, may have seen the cracks. Literally as well as figuratively. At a certain point, an audience begins to wonder: am I seeing tits or ”tits”? And, really, is there a difference?

Often, there is no difference. Often, burlesque or striptease can be so blankly ironic that it has about as much theatricality and power as you might enjoy at the Spearmint Rhino.

But, every now and then, Paglia’s promise of ”woman” might be properly observed.

Ursula Martinez, a woman who shot herself to micro-stardom by sharing photographs of her naked parents, promises to be a ”woman” at the upcoming comedy festival.

The extraordinary Tessa Waters, whose show How To Be A Lady had its debut at last year’s fringe, demonstrates amply that one can upturn traditional notions of femininity by wearing frilly knickers.

But it is doubtful that anyone will demonstrate this more amply than Lady Gaga.

Gaga, performing in Melbourne next week, dialled up the promise presaged by Paglia and co. More than quotation marks, we see, amid a cast of trans-gendered, hyper camp enchantment, entire bound volumes shrieking ”woman”. Within the first 30 seconds of the video, or short film as its auteur would have it known, Gaga evokes the rumour that she has a penis.

Then we rollick through a world penned in equal parts by Tarantino, LaChapelle and Michael Jackson, where ”other” sexuality is normalised to the degree that even all-American Beyonce agrees to set off into the sunset with Gaga.

I searched to find what Paglia had to say about the ”woman” who actually wears real masks in public. There wasn’t much.

In Salon.com, Paglia advised Gaga: ”Give it a rest, and focus on the music.”

In the meantime, I’m turning my old volumes of Paglia into a dress to wear to the Gaga concert.





Love her or hate her, Lady Ga Ga was certainly one of the main talking points of this years MTV Video Music Awards with her continual constume changes and blood soaked stage outfits. Rarely seen without her corset style body, this piece would only work on Lady G. In other changes she dressed as a victorian, another with a matching red lace mask. She really is one of a kind. Let me know what you think about her style, she may not be commercial but she has a very individual style and I’m all for that!

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