Lady Gaga attends fashion awards
Lady Gaga has been named the year's top style icon at a prestigious US fashion awards ceremony.
The singer picked up her gong in front of an elite fashion crowd at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York.
On stage at the Lincoln Centre, a soft-spoken, maybe even teary-eyed Gaga said she was nervous.
"All of you made me feel like a star before I was," she told the audience that boasted Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg.
She talked about how important fashion was in her life. As a teenager, she'd save her money to buy vintage Thierry Mugler from a neighbourhood thrift shop, checking in with the salesman regularly to make sure her favourite pieces hadn't sold while she was raising the cash.
She planned her outfits for Friday night parties as if she was going to the Oscars, she said.
"As much as this award means to me personally ... I just want you to know how much this means to young Americans," Gaga said.
But the music star and style risk-taker, wearing a corset get-up by Mugler, got her swagger back as she recalled getting the text message from Wintour that she was picked for the prize.
She said she thought the message was from a friend named Anna and replied with a bleep-worthy response. The text back from the Vogue editor-in-chief said: "How lovely."
Among the A-list presenters at the event was Kanye West, who handed the international design prize to Phoebe Philo of Celine. The music star said he's been known to go into a Celine store and try on the clothes - womenswear, no less - "knowing that would get me bashed by the hip-hop blogs."