It would be hard to imagine a modern celebrity who has done more to promote Japanese fashion around the world than Lady Gaga. With help from her stylist Nicola Formichetti (himself half-Japanese), Gaga’s bleeding-edge wardrobe choices have launched one Japanese designer after another into the global consciousness. And unlike some foreign celebs who “borrow” Japanese ideas and claim them as their own, Lady Gaga has always been vocal and proud of her support for Japanese designers. In addition to Japanese fashion, Lady Gaga has shown a lot of love for Japan through her ongoing fundraising efforts for victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

Lady Gaga’s love for Japan is definitely reciprocated. When she announced that her 2012 “Born This Way Ball” world tour would be making several stops in Japan, Gaga’s Little Japanese monsters were ecstatic!

Lady Gaga Fan x Hello Kitty

We’ve been covering Lady Gaga’s visits to Japan since her first ever live Japanese performance at Summer Sonic 2009. During that show, and even more so at her sold-out Tokyo concerts in 2010, Lady Gaga’s Japanese fans went all out to create fashion that showed their love for the one they call “Mother Monster”.

Lady Gaga’s little Japanese monsters were out in force on May 10, 2012 – the first of Gaga’s three “Born This Way Ball” dates in Japan. The weather was cloudy and windy, but not even snow or blizzards would have dampened the spirits of Gaga’s hardcore Japanese fans. We made the trek from Harajuku to Saitama Super Arena to check out the scene, and to document the amazing fashion we knew Lady Gaga fans would be wearing!

We were happy to see several familiar faces from the shows we covered back in 2009 and 2010, as well as plenty of new Lady Gaga fans (including some adorably fashionable children who may not even have been born when Gaga first touched down in Japan). As has been the case with all of our interactions with Lady Gaga fans, the crowd was an extremely friendly, happy, and positive bunch. We had a great time hanging out with Gaga’s fans as well as enjoying the amazing and often handmade outfits!

We hope that these pictures will give you an idea of the total dedication of Lady Gaga’s “Little Japanese Monsters”. We also hope they will put a big smile on your face, just like they did ours. Enjoy the photos! Click on any of the photos to see these awesome outfits in high resolution.


Click any of the Lady Gaga fan snaps to enlarge them.

We would like to thank each and every one of Gaga’s “Little Monsters” who we met while working on this article. We are always impressed by how friendly Lady Gaga’s fans are, and we hope that we’ll get a chance to see them again soon.

24 Comments

  1. Tokyo has the best dressed Gaga fans I’ve EVER seen!!! WOW!!!!! ^^

  2. sugoi!! now that is some dedication! amazing effort. i’m speechless!! \*o*/

  3. Caroline

    Love each and every photo, especially the chibi monsters!!! The lil girl rockin’ the poker face pool outfit is so cute!!!

  4. Wow! Amazing! Those outfits are well done haha good job, I want to meet japanese friends!

  5. crinda54/Corinne

    So so talented and artistic – These outfits are AMAZING and beautiful!

  6. The Japanese fashionistas never fail to amaze me with their dedication and preparation for something they love. These outfits and costumes are amazing. It’s truly something. The amount of time and effort into making all of these, from the most simple to the complicated, deserve the biggest round of applause! You’d never see anything like this in America, I think. The kids look adorable, the guy looks so cool, and everyone else just looks fabulous! It must have been an exciting day!

  7. I also forgot to mention that I love the mature women near the bottom. I think it’s so cool that Lady Gaga has a broad range of fans from different age groups and it’s even cooler that they dress up to show support~

  8. Jacqueline Kohn

    I LOVE THIS! Just started following a couple of Japanese Tumblr blogs. Wow! What an amazing modern culture the young people have. It looks so fun and creative.

  9. めっちゃスゲな! Great work! We have the Born This Way Ball coming to Australia soon and this is exactly the inspiration I needed. Japanese little monsters are so creative!

  10. This is one of the greatest article! :D
    I enjoyed so much, thank you so much ^^

  11. I see tha T.O.P’s blue hair is a trend ! ^^

  12. Nah, M-Lee, they have blue hair because Gaga had a lot of teal wigs last year way before T.O.P decided to do it.

  13. actually lady gaga got her blue hair done before T.O.P, just sayingggg

  14. The mother and daughter… swag’d it out! Best dressed out of the gallery, but gotta give props to everyone’s creativity!

  15. Katia Pp

    They ‘r prettier than Lady Gaga n___________n

  16. I love their outfits…but I hope they don’t wear these outfits to a concert. They will get ruined! D:

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