By Laura Ferreiro
While Lady Gaga's experimental ARTPOP album was destined to take her to great new heights, we didn't expect it to be quite so literal. At a party celebrating the release of the highly anticipated album in New York on Sunday night, the "Poker Face" singer achieved lift-off in what she's billing as the world's first flying dress.
The elaborate contraption dubbed "Volantis" was built by her TechHaus team and made its debut in front of media and partygoers in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The bright white, battery-powered, floral-shaped dress has several motors and a womanly female silhouette that acts as a fiberoptic body piece that serves as a flying suit for Lady Gaga, reports the Associated Press.
The 27-year-old singer born Stefani Germanotta donned a glamorous black and white "flight suit" and helmet before strapping into the hovercraft, which achieved lift off of about 70 inches, and is reportedly still in the testing phase.
"Volantis is essentially a vehicle,” she told the crowd, standing in front of the craft, which was designed by Nancy Tilbury and was controlled by a nearby technician.
“I wanted to make today about something even more important to me, and that something is the youth of the world," Gaga said when introducing the dress. “Although she is a vehicle, she is essentially a metaphor for me," she added. "I will be a vehicle today for their voices…their minds are just so boundless. They’re just so inspiring."
She also couldn't resist quipping that the dress represents a "small step for Volantis" but "a big step" for Gaga.
During the event, guests including Tony Bennett and Twista mingled around striking sculptures created by artist Jeff Koons. The centerpiece was a sculpture of Gaga herself sitting with her legs straddled around a giant ball, which is featured on the cover of her ARTPOP album. She also gave an elaborate performance at midnight, which featured several wardrobe changes, including an inflatable white dress with a mask.
ARTPOP was released worldwide on Monday.