Lady Gaga’s ‘SNL’ Designer Jac Langheim

Saturday Night Live bumper photo of Lady Gaga.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC/Mary Ellen Matthew

As you all well know, Lady Gaga was the musical guest on the season finale of “SNL” hosted by the ever entertaining and dapper Justin Timberlake. Hordes of eager monsters waited in line FOR DAYS in front of NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center in hopes of getting their claws on standby tickets for the show and, of course, in true Gaga form she sent out donuts, pizza and coffee to keep her adoring public well-fed and happy. Classy broad.

What you might NOT know is who Lady Gaga was wearing for her performances of “Born This Way” and “Judas.” While we’ve chronicled Gagaloo’s previous sartorial forays into latex with such designers as RISD-grad Sally LaPointe at her last Oprah performance, and her appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show, the latest young gun whipping up stretchy, shiny smocks for mother monster is none other than Jac Langheim.

With an eponymous debut only having JUST launched (like spring of this year), Langheim’s versatile collection has caught Nicola Formichetti’s eye for a litany of obvious reasons, but it’s this New York City designer’s unique vision regarding topics such as humor and love that we find the most interesting and are only evidenced by her handmade clothes upon closer inspection:

“My memories tend to be visceral. I recall sensations, the pace and depth of my breath, tingling in my fingertips, how my facial expressions felt as opposed to specific locations, people, or even circumstance. My most intense and favorite memories are those that happened right before I fell in love.

“Part of the fun of latex garments is that they require a dressing aid and often an extra set of hands. I designed with the intention of making it as easy as possible to get in and out of these clothes. Tight pants usually require a bit of patience, and practice. So I may put a functional zipper in as a tuxedo strip. It looks great but is also an easy way to get in and out of my clothing.”

Product shot and sketch of Lady Gaga’s performance outfits from Saturday Night Live.
Photo: Courtesy of Jac Langheim

The sculpted sleeves on the right were dramatic as they were impressive (seriously, try getting latex to STAND) anchored cleverly by the elongated neckline, and the latex black-and-blue bodysuit was an exercise in elegant contours ending in garter belted, thigh-high stiletto boots. Definitely looking forward to future collaborations. FOR SURE FOR SURE.

Watch the ’Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside’ on Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.