They’re not actual bubbles, but rather plastic balls formed into one of Gaga’s now-famous leotards. But Gaga didn’t think of the bubble leotard herself; it’s a knockoff. The similar look was originally seen on Hussein Chalayan’s spring 2007 runway show and later re-created by Gaga because she liked the look but couldn’t afford it.
“The show is meant to bring a tremendous feeling and sentiment of escapism,” she told MTV News about her tour, which features the dress, as well as a piano filled with bubbles. ” … The bubble installation was inspired by a dress Hussein Chalayan made a few years ago. I couldn’t get the dress, because it’s, like, half-a-million dollars in a museum somewhere, but I remade it and I built a piano somewhere inspired by it.”
In this economy, every half-million dollars counts.