Muto-Little Costumes is a costume shop located in Larchmont, Los Angeles. The main designers behind the company are Kim Little and Antoinette Muto.
Paparazzi Dress, 2009
Sculptural black mini dress with disco ball tile front panel worn for The Fame Ball in 2009 along with dates of the Doll Domination Tour (Oceania leg). The dress had hand rests built into the skirt, and two large glass covered triangular segments. Underneath the dress, Gaga wears a second black lace skirt. In the Book of Gaga (2009), Gaga referred to this section of the show as the ART/POP installation "Spider/Paparazzi Shutter Dress". The dress was potentially inspired by a similar dress by MUGLER's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1997 and worn by Gaga on photoshoot with SLAM on Feb 24, 2009. That same photograph was also used as backdrop before The Fame Ball.
During the The Fame Ball Tour, Gaga performed "Paparazzi" with the dress along with the Mirrored Mask surrounded by her dancers with mirror plates. For the festival dates, the dress was embellished with disco ball tiles all over starting on June 26, 2009. On July 4, 2009, Gaga wore a completely black version of the dress for Take That Presents: The Circus Live. That version was only worn that one time.
A replica of this outfit was worn by Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) in Glee.
Bubble Dress, 2009
The Bubble Dress is a design by the Haus of Gaga, and created by Muto-Little Costumes. The dress is inspired by a very similar one created by Chalayan for his Spring/Summer 2007 "One Hundred and Eleven" RTW Collection.
The dress was created around the time "Paparazzi" was released as a single. The dress has been seen during the performances of the acoustic version of "Poker Face", and "Future Love" on a bubble piano during The Fame Ball Tour. The dress is actually a fitted nude leotard with acrylic bubbles of various sizes attached to it.
Sometimes, the dress is referred to a "bubble sash"1 due to the outfit breaking down during the Australian Leg of the Doll Domination Tour on May 16-30, 2009. However, it was replaced by a Bubble Vest for the European leg of the tour. The concept is the same but it's a vest rather than a dress and is easier to remove for her festival performance.
Similars bubble-based outfits were also created later: For a Rolling Stone photoshoot, a custom glass bubbles bodysuit was created by Michael Schmidt Studios. In 2013, TechHaus with Studio XO created Anemone, the bubble dress 2.0 which included its own electric automated soap bubble machine. A nod to Gaga who blew soap bubbles while wearing the bubble dress at The Fame Ball in 2009.
Reference in popular culture
During Lady Gaga's episode on Saturday Night Live, there was a skit featuring Andy Samberg. The plotline is Samberg realizing that he is wearing the same Bubble Dress (for the SNL after-party) as Gaga, leading to an uncomfortable exchange. At the end of the skit, we find that Lorne Michaels has also encountered the same problem, wearing a tie with bubble attachments.
It was also used in Glee where character Tina re-creates it for the day so that she can find a new look.
Styled by Nicola Formichetti:
- Leather studded corset and gloves. Concept by the Haus. It was worn with a pyro bra by Tom Talmon Studio and boots by Ellie. The corset was stolen after the performance.
- Nude bodysuit worn with bones pieces by Gary Card x Tom Talmon Studio, bra underneath by Atsuko Kudo.
- White organza structured hunchback blazer with tail and contrast black lapels with eye patches by Zaldy and a dress by Rachael Barrett.
- 3. Purple jacket with oversized shoulders
- 4. Mirrored bodysuit by Natali Germanotta, using Pleaser heels and Swarovski Elements. Styled by Brandon Maxwell. The pins were only intended to hold the mirror pieces while the glue dried but the Haus loved it and they ended up being part of the bodysuit.
- 5. The oversized jacket was a new version of a jacket they made for the Monster Ball in 2010
- 6. Kimono-sleeve jumpsuit in collaboration with Perry Meek at Haus of Gaga
- . White quilted silk satin jacket, embellished with feathers, pearls and crystals, and matching silk trousers. Based on the original stage outfit worn by Elton John during his London concerts back in 1974. Styling by Tom Eerebout, Sandra Amador and Kayla Manjarrez.
- 7. Vinyl jacket with neon green ruffle trim and her initials on the back, a matching organza cloak, a strappy vinyl bodysuit with corset lacing on the side by Natali Germanotta