GAGA’S INDIA TAKE: Lady Gaga was hardly expected to dress conservatively in New Delhi, where she performed late Sunday night at the after party for the first Formula 1 race to take place in India. But she surprised everyone by choosing a dress by Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani. Known for his graceful, feminine styles and a popular choice for wedding and formalwear, Tahiliani’s designs are a far cry from Gaga’s typical garb — but she made the cream dress her own. The white, fitted bodysuit with side panel cutouts, encrusted with heavy gold and Swarvoski chains, was meant to be worn with a stylized, draped concept sari in lamé and chiffon. Gaga developed a variation that came apart in layers on the stage — starting out demurely wrapped and ending up in a small bodysuit.

“She completely transformed our signature sari drapes, first into a sarong drape, then she threw the pallu off and eventually she performed in the bodysuit with fishnet stockings and [Christian] Louboutins. It was her creative genius that made five different looks out of one of our pieces,” Tahiliani said, adding it was an “honor and an affirmation of our emphasis on fit and finish, as the fit on her was perfect.”

This story first appeared in the November 2, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

That wasn’t her only Indian touch. For her press conference earlier in the day, Gaga won plaudits by styling her hair in a bun with the streaks of the Indian flag’s colors of saffron, white and green.