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Lady Gaga uses 'instincts' to select her style

Milliner Gladys Tamez describes Lady Gaga as the "ideal collaborator".

Lady Gaga has “strong instincts” when it comes to selecting her outfits.

The superstar singer always impresses with her concert outfits and most recently wowed in Paris as she performed during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week (30Nov16), which aired on CBS on Monday night (05Dec16).

Milliner Gladys Tamez designed the star a black felt cowboy-esque hat encrusted with 45,700 Swarovski crystals, valued at $1 million (£780,000), to wear on stage as homage to the lingerie brand’s million-dollar Fantasy Bra.

“The initial conversation I had with Gaga was brief - she came in with an idea for what she wanted and called it ‘a cascade of diamonds,’” Gladys told Vogue.com. “She also wanted it to look like ‘a night sky,’ and told me to ‘think in black.’ That was all the direction she gave me.

“Gaga has such strong instincts. She has a keen vision and an encyclopaedic knowledge of fashion but is open to risk, and that’s why she is the ideal collaborator.”

The pair have worked together frequently over the past two years, with Gladys providing Gaga with the recognisable pink hat she wears on the cover of her latest album Joanne. But the Victoria’s Secret hat proved to be more of a challenge as the crystals also hang down from a fringe lining the rim, so the design had to be practical as well as looking fabulous.

“Aesthetically, the design was Bob Mackie–meets–Gypsy Rose Lee and Gaga just loved that. But in the end, the hat had to function and she had to be able to actually perform in it onstage - if it’s beautiful but doesn’t work, then it’s not right,” Gladys recalled, noting she wanted it to resemble a “elegant and sexy” dress. “I knew she wanted the strands to be long, so we adjusted the lengths according to the contours of her body so that it would move with her.”

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, changed outfits five times during the event, rocking a black sequined jumpsuit with the hat and donning a rose-print gown during another stage of the night.

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