Lady Gaga appeared at London Fashion Week, wearing perhaps most provocative outfit to date — a pink, sheer burkha. Underneath, the controversial celebrity wore a skin-colored body suit, embroidered with blue flowers on the legs and chest.
Lady Gaga wore the pink, see-through burkha when she opened for milliner Philip Treacy, known for his avant-garde designs that cater to the world’s fashionistas.
In another Muslim-inspired outfit, worn to the show, Gaga was wearing a veil and carrying a purse emblazoned with the expletive “C word.”
The burkha is worn by strict Muslim women, usually of the Saudi-Arabian Wahabi fundamentalist brand of Islam. As such, Gaga’s see-through burkha seems designed to mock the extremism of Islamic fundamentalists. The pop singer is well known for her outspoken support of gay rights and women’s rights.
Islamic hardliners recently protested against the US singer, and managed to prevent her Indonesian concert from going ahead, by threatening to bring “chaos” if she performed.
Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) chairman Cholil Ridwan said that he believed the Lady Gaga concert was part of a plan, “intended to destroy the nation’s morality.”
One Chicago-based representative of several Muslim groups has now complained that Gaga’s latest outfit “comes across as a clear insult to Muslims and Islam.” The pop singer has reportedly stepped up her security.
Gaga’s wearing of the see-through Muslim garment comes at a time when US embassies have been attacked in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and anti-US riots are unfolding across the globe, in protest against an obscure YouTube movie, the Innocence of Muslims, mocking Islam and its founder.