The relationship between Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen is one that lives on, even after death.
A creative mentor for Gaga, McQueen’s influence could be seen in the singer’s music videos and outfit choices right about the time she began taking over the world in 2009-10.
Since McQueen’s tragic death in 2010, Gaga has paid tribute to him in a number of ways. Including a chilling performance at the BRIT Awards that year.
And now, following an auction at Christie’s to benefit Unicef, the ARTPOP singer has obtained a set of rare pieces from McQueen’s collection, the armadillo platform shoes.
The way-out-there style of shoes were famously worn by Gaga in her music video for “Bad Romance.”
The singer has penned a loving tribute to the man she was so inspired by for V Magazine, check it out below:
“There is no diamond, no award, nothing I ever wanted more than a memory of my brief friendship with McQueen. I am sad every day that I enter my closet, knowing he is not here anymore to dazzle the world with his beautiful, dark, limitless, brave mind. These shoes are the only tangible piece I have left of our work together. They came to me this morning, after a dream I had again about him. As the dream goes, I enter my closet and his clothes are no longer there. I’m tortured.”
“The loss is deep. Mourning in my own way constantly, why he is gone, he was so talented. I hate the empty space, not only in fashion, but in the creative consciousness that fizzled when he passed. This morning I got the call I would now be the caregiver to 3 pairs of armadillo platforms, just like the kind I wore in the “Bad Romance” video, the shoes from his crescendo collection “Plato’s Atlantis,” the ones that made everyone gasp from the front row because they had NEVER seen something like them before. I was reminded this morning that he is still here. He is everywhere. In every store window. In the designs of commercial mainstream retail, fashion, in music, in the heart of every young designer that wishes he could be as free and as fearless as McQueen was.”
“I cried all morning, convinced he was with me. Convinced that I’m loved from somewhere far beyond the eternal body and mind, outside of all the chaos. He wanted me to have them. They made their way back to me. I am here today not just because of my talent, but because he believed in me. My weird brand of art pop manic expression of my emotions was the part of me he knew he taught me. I will be grateful long after I pass and join him wherever it is they put souls like us. Long live McQueen.”