Never let it be said that Lady Gaga doesn’t know how to make an entrance. The megastar celebrated the launch of her latest album, Artpop, on Sunday by hovering inside a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse in what she calls the world’s first flying dress. Designed by Nancy Tilbury and controlled by a technician, the battery-controlled contraption features six booms in a hexagonal formation. “Volantis,” as Gaga dubbed the dress, is not just a vehicle but a symbol of the future. “I wanted to make today about something even more important to me, and that something is the youth of the world,” Gaga told the crowd. “Although she is a vehicle, she is essentially a metaphor for me. I will be a vehicle today for their voices.”

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Strapped to Volantis in little more than a black leotard and helmet, Gaga rose 70 inches above the pavement—not quite stratospheric heights, but still a “big-time step” for her, she said. “It’s feminine technology, there’s a certain elegance to it,” Tilburty, whose London-based Studio XO worked with engineers and Gaga on the device. “But we’re still testing it.”

Strapped to Volantis in little more than a black leotard and helmet, Gaga rose 70 inches above the pavement.

If Gaga intends to be the “first artist to sing in outer space,” as Us Weekly reported on Wednesday, we’d advise her to use a different means of conveyance.

[Via Associated Press]