PHOTOS: Gaga Wears Custom Mugler, Studded Thong To CFDA Awards

You’d think it’d be an easy task to make a costume change at the an awards show for fashion designers. But Lady Gaga, who regularly shows up on the red carpet in one outfit and accept her trophies in another, accepted her CFDA Fashion Icon Award in a custom dress that unraveled into a studded leather-and-mesh body suit.

Nicola Formichetti rigged together the Mother Monster’s dress Mugler ensemble, which features all of her favorite fabrics: leather, lace and beaded tulle, and paired it with a turquoise wig and platforms so high, Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta had to help her walk down the purple carpet. (Sidebar: Should we call Natali Auntie Monster?)

Gaga told the crowd at the awards show she found out about her win through a text message from Vogue‘s Anna Wintour. Mistaking Wintour for another Anna in her phone, she texted back that she wrote back, “Yes, b*tch, we did it!” Wintour replied, “How lovely.”

But if Gaga’s text etiquette was a little lacking, her sentimental acceptance speech wasn’t. In it, she thanks her fans and fashion for the award.

“I just wanted to tell you how much this award means to young American people,” she said. “My fans, some of them don’t know who they are and they have so much trouble. They come to the Monster Ball to find who they are and they wake up in the morning and it’s that leather jacket that makes them feel like they can be anyone. Or it’s that YSL blazer that they saw in the window that makes them feel like they could be president one day. Fashion means so much to them. It’s really hard to talk about … I always felt like I had made it before I had made it because of all of you, because it was all of you that made me feel like I was a star.”

That, or the studded leather thong she was wearing when she took her trophy. Behold the transformative power of fashion for yourself below.

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