Gaga. Electro gurgler, sexual enigma, self created icon. We know that she has the Haus of Gaga (a shady cabal of assistants and designers) to help her realise her vision. We know that her collaborators include uber-stylist Nicola Formichetti, that she favours Gareth Pugh (regard the geometrical batman wings she wore to dance in a giant bath on The X Factor), and Alexander McQueen (for example wearing the infamous armadillos before anyone else in her Bad Romance video) and that there isn’t an avant garde designer she doesn’t have on speed dial.
Look at her here on the red carpet to the Grammy Awards. Never one to hedge her bets she looks galactic in this sculptural ball gown-cum Scalextric track. Worried in case that having lesser starlets sucked into her orbit wouldn't make enough of a statement, she's teamed the ensemble with a luxuriant two-tone wig and shoes that could sink two Titanics.
Which is why we were surprised to hear that it was Giorgio Armani who was selected for the honour of creating 'a variety of special pieces for Lady Gaga to wear for both the evening’s ceremony and for her special live stage performance.' We wondered if this would mean Gaga had decided to tone everything down and go for a simple floor-length silk sheath? Would it heckers! Just have a gander at the nifty one-piece she slipped into for a duet with Elton John (who was taking his style tips from Calvin Harris with bejewelled shades) to open the show.
We can only imagine the frantic activity in Giorgio’s atelier leading up to the award ceremony and starting as soon as he put the phone down after confirming the commission with her agent. Did he throw bolts of taffeta and silk out of the window before bellowing at his bemused assistants, "No no no! These shoulder pads are too small! We need bigger. Bigger! Bigger than her head I tell you! No these sequins are not twinkly enough! Bring me tubing! MORE TUBING! What’s wrong with you people? This jewel-encrusted swimming costume is lifeless, just lifeless. Bring me the biggest pack of wire – we’re going to need fins. Rigid fins!' and so on. . . we would love to know.
Mr Armani had this to say in a statement to the press: 'We hear Lady Gaga’s music everywhere we go. It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon. I am delighted to be creating these outfits on such an important night for her, the Grammys, and I wish her the best of luck.'
We say – smart move Giorgio. Not only bagging the opportunity to work with pop’s most revolutionary fashion icon since Bowie, but pulling it off with such aplomb. By now everyone is used to her turning up dressed like, well, dressed like Gaga, so to go from his usual elegant but traditional floor sweeping fare to live up to Gaga’s standards – and then some, is an achievement not to be sneezed at.