“Volantis is essentially a vehicle,” Gaga told the crowd at the ARTRAVE of the dress, which is essentially a hovercraft-type vehicle/with a curvy, female silhouette serving as the body piece.
Gaga worked with engineer Benjamin and designer Nancy to create the fiber optic dress, which she later explained is symbolic for her. “I wanted to make today about something even more important to me. And what that something is the youth of the world. Benjamin and Nancy are here with me today. Their minds are just so boundless. They are so inspiring. Although she is a vehicle, she is essentially a metaphor for me,” she said of Volantis. “I will be a vehicle today for their voices… Youth all over the world.”
After her initial speech, she stripped down to a black leotard with white sparkly boots and put on a helmet. She then tried out the spacey costume three times, hovering over the warehouse floor. After the last time, she got out, cheered and hugged the inventors.
“We realized her potential for the world,” she explained. “Right now she’s priceless. The money thing is really not me. What we’re trying to say is, we can do anything Imagine the possibilities.”
Afterwards, everyone was escorted to a space filled with Jeff Koons statues. Gaga was back, this time in sky-high platforms, a floor-length chocolate alligator jacket with steampunk glasses. That’s when she unveiled the massive white Koons-designed statue with a gazing ball situated right between her legs, which serves as the main focal point of her ARTPOP cover.
It’s a piece of art Koons recently explained to MTV News.
“What was beautiful about that work was the accessibility of the ball – that reflective ball that many people have in their yards as a symbol of generosity to your neighbors,” he said. “But when you’d look at it you’d feel this transcendence where the ball would become everything and it would be about a mass dialogue about people not only wanting transcendence for themselves, but involved with the community discussing transcendence and what the possibilities are for humans.”
ARTPOP drops November 11.