Late Night Diva-Off

Last Friday, the Museum packed in a very full house for the Late Night celebration of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The night’s special event, Divas of Gaultier Costume Contest, was kicked off with a fabulous Madonna tribute performance by Chris America, who got the festive audience singing and dancing. The competition featured eleven Madonna contestants and twenty Lady Gagas who put together creative and outrageous Diva ensembles. But they weren’t the only ones! Many of the visitors also took the opportunity to wear fashion from the wilder side of their wardrobe. After each contestant modeled his or her outfit, the finalists were revealed. The victors included Lady Gaga holding a teacup, as well  as a real-life mother-daughter pair stylishly dressed as Madonna and her daughter Lourdes. To wrap up the event, Chris America reappeared to award the grand prize of a hundred dollar gift certificate for the Museum store and a Jean Paul Gaultier catalogue to the winner, Lady Gaga. With her slow and deliberate strut, and edgy animalistic poses, this fierce contestant truly embodied Lady Gaga herself.

Photos from this fun and fashion-filled Friday are below, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

If you were to dress up for a Diva contest, who would you want to be and what would you wear? Please share your response in the comments below.

Hannah Burney
McDermott Intern for Teaching Programs and Partnerships

4 Responses to “Late Night Diva-Off”

  1. 1 Shannon Karol January 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    What great photos, Hannah! My favorite is the girl in the garbage bag dress–she deserved a special prize for that one!

  2. 2 Jessica Kennedy January 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I was really impressed at how fun our visitors are…and outgoing! It was a totally packed night, but it was AWESOME to see the museum so full of (stylish) people! Fun post, Hannah!

  3. 3 Nicole Stutzman February 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Later in the evening, the Diva contestants were invited to be the models for a portrait photography workshop happening during the Late Night in the C3 Tech Lab. Dallas photographer Teresa Rafidi ( led the workshop. Check out more photos at our Flickr account –

  4. 4 Hannah Burney February 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing that link Nicole, what amazing photographs! There’s so much more to their outfits that I couldn’t see or didn’t notice until looking through these fantastic close-ups.

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