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Lady Gaga Should Copy Madonna's Style More, Says Christopher Ciccone

01/08/2013 04:15 pm ET

Lady Gaga has been accused of “borrowing" a lot from Madonna. However, former artistic director Christopher Ciccone -- the Material Girl's brother -- says Gaga made a huge mistake not following his sister’s style.

“You have to remember what really made Madonna really popular is that girls could dress like her. You can’t dress like Gaga, only on Halloween perhaps. It's a really big part of being a performer -- getting your fans to follow you. You have to evolve. At one point with Madonna, it was time for the tights to go,” Christopher tells The Huffington Post. “What I would do with Gaga is stream it all down and get rid of all the crap and make her a real person. It's cool on some level, but when you start out massively way over the top, there is nowhere to go. You get stuck there and you disconnect from the audience. You become this freak on the stage.”

Christopher, who designed the stage for Madonna’s "Blonde Ambition" and "Girlie Show" tours, is now designing shoes, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't like to get his hands on another pop star.

“I would love to overhaul Kelly Clarkson. I would certainly give her a style. She needs something,” Chris says. “The girl's got an amazing voice; it's just the girl comes onstage dowdy and there is no particular look to her. She could do so much better. I don't know if she doesn't care and that’s fine, I just feel there is so much more.”

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