At this point its seems reductive to point out that relations between Lady Gaga and Madonna are complicated. It's not quite a full-on feud in the way some might imagine, but things remain icy. While Madonna once famously collaborated with Britney Spears, covered Kylie Minogue in concert, posed with Katy Perry on the cover of V, and used to have Gwen Stefani over for dinner parties, she's never quite fully embraced Gaga in the same way.
The last we heard of the situation came directly from Gaga herself, when she opened up about their relationship, or lack thereof, in her Netflix documentary Five Foot Two.
"I admired her always, and I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me," said Gaga in the candid clip. "But no matter how much respect I have for her as a performer, I could never wrap my head around the fact that she wouldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that I was reductive or whatever."
"I just want Madonna to f---in’ push me up against the wall and kiss me and tell me I’m a piece of s---," she concluded.
So, who knows where things stand now. Though, if there's one force in the entire world that may be able to negotiate a peace treaty between Gaga and Madge, it may be Donatella Versace. The fashion designer has remained close friends with each of the Italian-American blondes, and both stars have done their stint as face of the brand (Madonna has appeared in three Versace campaigns over the decades, while Versace is the only high fashion campaign Gaga has ever chosen to front).
So it seems that it was in honor of Donatella that Gaga ended up wearing Madonna's face on her outfit. Last night, the singer performed in Milan, and, of course, not only was Versace on hand but she provided a custom leotard for the occasion as well. If may not be immediately apparent, if you look closely you'll spot the face of none other than Madonna.
Those Vogue covers in the fabric are very much based on real life Vogue covers, and one of them (the one with the purple background and green face) just happens to be the May 1989 cover of American Vogue, which, incidentally, was Madonna's first time ever covering the magazine.
The jumpsuit appears to be custom, but the general motif made an appearance in Versace's recent Spring 2018 show, which was a tribute to Gianni Versace. Indeed, the Vogue cover print itself made it debut back in Versace's famous 1991 Pop Art show.
So, the print really isn't about Madonna, and, yet, it's still Gaga wearing Madonna on her rib.
Oh, in case you're wondering, Donatella enjoyed the show. She called it "one of the most beautiful performances I ever witnessed" on Instagram.