The highlight of the night, however, was the surprising 10-minute lethargic monologue by Lady Gaga, who was introduced by Jacobs, who marveled, “She is phenomenal in every sense of the word. Her unique vision is spiritual. It’s inspiring to me and to many.”
Gaga, who came on stage flinging talcum powder from her hands, causing a cloud of white smoke, said, “I felt like a freak for so long in my childhood….When I began to perform, I found out that I had some freaky friends to play with.”
She cited Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Stephen Gan, David LaChapelle and Hedi Slimane as some of her enduring supporters throughout what the 23-year-old songstress termed her “long” career.
“Hedi Slimane is a muse for the House of Gaga,” she said. “He’s like a palm tree [in that] he shades a girl from New York [from] the Hollywood sun.”
She thanked LaChappelle, and then Mario Testino, for “taking the first photos of me that made me feel like a real woman.”
On her intimate Warholian “factory” of unknown creative collaborators, which she named for the first time during her acceptance speech, she proclaimed the House of Gaga “is not an economy” and would never do a collection.
As for the elusive group of creators, she named designer Matthew Williams, stylist Nicola Formichetti and milliner Nasir Mazhar, who created the Orbit headpiece Gaga famously wore on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.
Gaga, who considers “a condom” the most important fashion accessory of all, was flattered to be receiving the award.
“[Tonight,] I had no gloves, and the outfit needed gloves. So Nicky [Formichetti] decided to paint me white. That’s what happens when you don’t have the right accessory,” she said.