Lady Gaga's Economic Stimulus Down Under

Mar. 27 2010, Published 12:43 p.m. ET

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She's provided plenty of stimulus in her time – and now Lady Gaga has done her thing for the Australian economy, giving the plastic a workout Down Under.

Our spies in Australia report Gaga has spent close to $10,000 in boutiques during her brief tour there.

The high-end retail therapy reached its climax at Chanel's store in Melbourne, where the pop princess snapped up a white shirt ($2415) from the fashion house's Cruise 2010 collection, a Jumbo Classic quilted bag in gold ($4000) and a Camellia brooch ($750).

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But the most crazy couture purchase was a sleep mask equipped with eyelashes stitched on the outside that set her back $500.

All items were paid for on her own credit card, under her real name of Stefani Germanotta.

Later that night, at her concert, Gaga shouted out a thank-you to the "Chanel buddies" who had helped her out during the spending spree, which totaled a staggering $7665.

Gaga's manager also bought a pair of black leather gloves ($1100) at the store as a gift for the star, who celebrates her 24th birthday tomorrow.


Having already cut interest rates and shoved extra spending money into the pockets of their people, Gaga’s personal economic rescue package will be welcomed by Australia’s government!



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