Lady Gaga was photographed Saturday during the New York City shoot for filmmaker Todd Phillips’ sequel to his Oscar-winning 2019 movie, Joker. Gaga, previously announced to have joined Joaquin Phoenix, has taken her first step out at the movie more grounded take on Harley Quinn.  The new movie is titled Joker: Folie à Deux. 

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The images offer the first look at Gaga in costume and full makeup for her role. In pictures, the actor gets an escort from Gotham police officers in a large crowd scene. Apparent protesters hold signs with such messages as “Free Joker” and “Joker Marry Me.”

The film’s costume designer is Mark Bridges, who most recently won the Oscar for his work on Phantom Thread. 

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Who is Mark Bridges?

Mark Bridges was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University. 

Bridges worked at the legendary Barbara Matera Costumes in New York City as a shopper for several Broadway, dance, and film projects. Later, he studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for three years. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design. 

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After New York University, Bridges started working on films whenever possible. He was the Assistant Costume designer in the film In the Spirit (1990) with Marlo Thomas and Elaine May. He was a design assistant to Colleen Atwood on the Jonathon Demme film Married to the Mob released in 1988.

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In 2012, Mark won an Academy Award, a People’s Choice Award, and a BAFTA Award for his costume design for the Best Picture Academy Award winner The Artist released in 2011, directed by Michel Hazanavicius.

In 2018, he won a Kawasaki Ultra 310LX Jet Ski and a trip to Havasu during the Academy Awards for the shortest acceptance speech of the night at just 36 seconds. 

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Mark’s costume design work includes Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fighter, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait, I Heart Huckabees, The Italian Job (2003), 8 Mile (2002), Blow (2001), Blast From the Past (1999) and Can’t Hardly Wait (1998). He also designed Captain Phillips (2013) and Jason Bourne (2016) for director Paul Greengrass.