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EXCLUSIVE: The Inside Scoop on Lady Gaga's Covered-Up Calvin Klein

05/17/2010 at 04:05 PM ET

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Ever the head-turner, Lady Gaga has managed to shock us yet again–this time by being totally covered up! Gaga turned to Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa for two custom looks for last week’s RainForest Fund‘s 21st Birthday Benefit Concert. “For both dresses, I took inspiration from the protective yet delicate shape of a silk cocoon,” Costa tells PEOPLE exclusively. In contrast to her recent barely-there American Idol and Met Gala catsuits, the pop star turned up to the benefit in a high-necked, long-sleeved black dress with nary a glimpse of skin in sight. “We paired a needle-punched silk with a handmade corset to create a cocoon-like silhouette with a lot of volume and texture,” explained Costa of his lacey creation. “It was important for this look to exude power and dominance, but with an edge.” When it came time to take the stage alongside Elton John, Shirley Bassey and Sting, Gaga slipped into a sculptural white tulle-shell bustier number, “which definitely had bondage references, but still retained an almost mystical air of lightness to it,” noted Costa, who was thrilled to create Gaga’s latest fashion statement. “I respect her originality and risk-taking with her music and personal style.” We couldn’t have said it better, Mr. Costa. Tell us: What do you think of Gaga’s new look?


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