Lady Gaga pilots
"first flying dress"


News: Lady Gaga wore the world's "first flying dress" at the launch party for her latest album last night.

Lady Gaga was strapped into a white fibreglass suit shaped to look like a haute-couture gown and flown by six battery-powered rotors at the event in Brooklyn.

The rotors lifted the singer half a metre off the ground and propelled her forward several metres - as shown in the video below.

The high-tech outfit named Volantis was designed by the popstar, London company Studio XO and TechHaus, the technology division of the star's Haus of Gaga creative team.

Its rotors are surrounded by white cylinders arranged hexagonally and connected to a central node above the suit, which rests on the ground using a circular stand when not in flight.

Lady Gaga unveiled the project at the ArtRAVE party for the launch of her third studio album ARTPOP.

"I wanted to make today about something even more important to me," she told attendees at the event. "That something is the youth of the world. Benjamin and Nancy [the dress' engineer and designer] are here with me today. Their minds are just so boundless. I will be a vehicle today for their voices... Youth all over the world."

Photograph from Getty Images.

  • Steeevyo

    I hope she will fly far far away. As far as humanly possible please.

  • Jaevin

    I like that she gives all credit to the designers! It doesn’t really feel like a ploy for album sales, which is rare with pop stars these days.

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  • iag

    “Flying dress” is a bit of a stretch. “Large-incredibly-noisy-thing-that-slightly-hovers-across-the-floor-for-a-few-seconds” is perhaps more fitting?

  • Soupdragon

    Pretty pathetic compared to the Jetpack guy at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

  • Philippe

    Actually she is piloting nothing. She’s on board a weird “fashion drone” that is remote controlled, which seems to have some trouble “elevating” her.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Another example of a lack of familiarity with the English language.

  • kaptnkrunch

    First woman to wear a dress that sounds like a giant swarm of hornets.

  • AB

    So if I attached a watermelon to it, would it be considered the “first flying watermelon”? Come on Dezeen, get it together, your website is getting weak.

  • Clint Brown

    She could have just put her dress on top of a Roomba and had the first crawling dress.

  • EloyB

    Wether you like it or not, it is in fact the first “flying dress”. This is just the tech side of it, the fashion side (or the dress itself) is gonna be presented when she wears it for the first time at some event.

    It’s huge if you think about it… WORLD’S FIRST FLYING DRESS. I love how she’s using her persona and influence to let great ideas come to life and to deliver them to the general audience.

  • Sebastián Corral

    So, a bicycle is now a rolling dress? And a sleeping bag is a sleeping dress and a chair is a sitting dress, and so on?
    Nope, I didn’t know about this new trend.