Weird Al's Lady Gaga Parody: The "Perform This Way" Fashion Catalog

Weird Al's costume designer and Photoshop team all deserve Oscars. The full version of "Perform This Way" dropped, and it's... something. "All of the fabric freaks I know probably just spontaneously combusted," said one commenter.

Not on fire yet? Maybe all the costumes are too much for you! Watch it below (or buy it; all proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign), then read on as we catalogue every single outfit in this thing.

The Monochrome Bikini: 0:08 - 0:19; 0:58 - 1:12; 2:15 - 2:21

The black and white top and solid black bottom are inobtrusive enough not to distract from your pink egg, your marquee dance sessions, or prison!

Gaga Inspiration: "Born This Way". Alternatively, the bikinis in the "Telephone" video, as seen through Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight" black-and-white lens?

WTF Rating: 0.5/5

The Bubble Dress: 0:21 - 0:25

Sculpted bubbles: still much better than that horrific bubble-top trend last decade.

Gaga Inspiration: This Rolling Stone cover.

WTF Rating: 2.5/5

The Horsehead Pinata: 0:27 - 0:33

The perfect outfit for playing human chess with human pinatas who like snap bracelets. All one of them.

Gaga Inspiration: This ensemble, perhaps? Or maybe the whole pony motif on Born This Way.

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Sequined Viking Koopa: 0:35 - 0:40

It's a dress and a weapon! And you still get to work a bustier!

Gaga Inspiration: This, plus turtle spikes.

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Police-Taped Habit: 0:41 - 0:48

Lends just the right amount of disdain and Catholic outrage to peering at yourself in the newspaper.

Gaga Inspiration: The police tape, of course, plus the habit and yellow hair.

WTF Rating: 3/5/5

The Cheeseshop: 0:49 - 0:51

It's a dress and a snack, and unlike other food fashion, it's OK to eat if it's raw!

Gaga Inspiration: This outfit comes close, no?

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Gaga Made Of Bees: 0:52 - 0:57

After coating your torso in live, stinging animals, like you're a swirling vortex of bees, you'll never worry about stage fright again. (Possibly because this will kill you.)

Gaga Inspiration: A beehive is close enough, right?

WTF Rating: 4/5

Trollface: 1:13

It's a Troll Doll. We have left the Haus of Gaga, and the Haus of Full-Body Shots.

Gaga Inspiration: Troll Dolls.

WTF Rating: 1/5

Evil Queen: 1:14 - 1:15

The Evil Queen from Snow White, probably purchased from a costume store. Step it up, Al.

Gaga Inspiration: Snow White's Evil Queen.

WTF Rating: 1/5

Gelatinous Jellybean: 1:15 - 1:17

Gaga does like to distort her figure through fashion, but never quite this Mr. Potato Head.

Gaga Inspiration: These sunglasses and bullet bangs. And a jellybean.

WTF Rating: 2/5

The Juggalo Reaper: 1:17 - 1:19

Do we even need to give a description here? Just go to your local Halloween store and add face paint.

Gaga Inspiration: The Grim Reaper. (Or maybe the Mugler preview.) Thankfully, after this, Al gets back to not going entirely literal on the lyrics.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Halter of Gold: 1:20 - 1:28

Farrah hair with rock 'n' roll red highlights, a gold cone bra and a cross: your standard Gaga potpourri of influences.

Gaga Inspiration: This gold getup, plus halter, minus shoulder gear.

WTF Rating: 2/5

The Self-Immolating Intestinal Bikini: 1:29 - 1:35

Red latex bikini? Sure, why not. Hat made of colorful eyeballs? At least it's partially red. Your intestines coming out of a bloody hole in your stomach, which you later set on CGI fire? We really hope Gaga isn't reading this.

Gaga Inspiration: Let us all be thankful that a red bikini is the closest she ever got.

WTF Rating: 5/5

The Whimsical Porcupine Hat: 1:36 - 1:43

That'd be a live porcupine singing "hey hey hey," with a fluffy cloud bikini and showgirl skirt that really aren't the point of anything.

Gaga Inspiration: She's worn a sparkly lobster before. Why not a mammal? They're the perfect spirit animal!

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Gyroscopic Eyelet Dress: 1:44 - 1:51

The whole cosmos shrunk to the size of an oversized headdress, with a teal shrug and eyelet boobs because why not?

Gaga Inspiration: The lobster hat again, minus the lobster, plus Katy Perry thrown in.

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

The Gold Lame Straightjacket: 1:52 - 1:58

It's a straitjacket. Made of gold lame. And a silver wig and taffy-bloody mouth for some reason.

Gaga Inspiration: The straitjacket that she wore to the airport.

WTF Rating: 3/5

The Meat-Lover's Special: 1:59 - 2:06

So there was this one time this one singer wore a meat dress to an awards show, although at least Weird Al was kind enough to get his knockoff inspected.

Gaga Inspiration: Gee, I wonder.

WTF Rating: 2/5 (you knew it would happen)

The Peacock Furry: 2:07 - 2:09

The galumphing blue, feathered Muppet that doesn't exist yet.

Gaga Inspiration: None that we know of. (None that we want to know of.)

WTF Rating: 3.5/5

Willy Wonky: 2:10 - 2:12

If Gene Wilder's character, or perhaps Tom Petty, had sunglasses and a moving train on his hat just for lols. But still no Gaga.

Gaga Inspiration: This is getting too easy.

WTF Rating: 2/5

Frankenstein's Monster: 2:13

It's... like a poster come to life? (It's also Frankenstein's monster.)

Gaga Inspiration: At least this is clearly the Boris Karloff Frankenstein's monster, but we are still out of the Haus of Gaga.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Na-Vi: 2:14

It's... like an Avatar poster come to life? (It's also not "Avatar".)

Gaga Inspiration: Come on.

WTF Rating: 1/5

The Birthday Suit: 2:22 - 2:29

Pixellated out where you'd expect, although it's disturbing enough that this body contains Al's head.

Gaga Inspiration: We're frankly surprised there's not any obvious inspiration--or if there is, we don't want to see your search history.

WTF Rating: 2.5/5

The Violet, Tentacled Taj Mahal: 2:30 - 2:37

Sequined purple lingerie isn't regal enough without a Taj Mahal replica on your head. Then add octopus tentacles, because what this outfit clearly needs is octopus tentacles.

Gaga Inspiration: Yeah, you've still got us.

WTF Rating: 4.5/5

The Barbie Zebra Leotard: 2:38 - 2:55

Clingy, gaudy, and it's perfect for doing splits and showing off man-ass! Which Al does. At least the video ends with, ah, spectacle?

Gaga Inspiration: A less glitzy, less covered version of this.

WTF Rating: 2/5

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