Release Date: March 7th 2019 Photographer: Jean-Paul Goude
Celebrating 10 years of Lady Gaga and V Magazine, Stephan Gan (V's Editor-In-Chief) finally paired her with photographer Jean-Paul Goude for her 25th cover! The cover was photographed in Paris, August 28th 2018 before the Venice Film Festival.
But because Lady Gaga is one of the most photographed women, Goude turned to the cosmos and fantastical depths of his mind to create something unique. “With Gaga, we tried to bring to existence a fictitious character, straight out of my personal mythology: a sort of deity and the ruler of her very own Gagaland” he told V. And so Goude depicted Gaga in a way that was both bizarre and beautiful; extraterrestrial but with a familiar face.
For her first look inside the magazine, used to announce the new cover, Lady Gaga poses as a "show girl" in Giorgio Armani's Haute Couture line - Armani Prive. Lady Gaga wears look 84 of the Fall 2018 Couture collection consisting of a long black velvet gown with a deep V-neck with a pink ostrich feather floor-length coat sprinkled with black feathers.
On her feet, Lady Gaga also wears shoes from Armani Prive's Fall 2018 Couture Collection. Shown throughout the collection, Lady Gaga wears a pair of pumps featuring triangular hot pink satin with nude mesh and crystals along the top. They were also shown in the collection in black, blue, and cream, as well as mixed combinations of those colors.
This amazing collection also gave us her Toronto Film Festival premiere look with the iconic black veil.
To accessorize, Lady Gaga started with a pair of black gloves from Parisian glove-making company Causse Gantier which was founded in 1892! Unfortunately, from the feathers of the coat, it is impossible to see the length of her gloves and thus identify which design she is wearing.
On her head, Lady Gaga wears an amazing headpiece by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen. The "Star" Headpiece is featured in the Museum of Savage Beauty - which gives us some amazing gallery photos - and was part of McQueen's Autumn/Winter 2007 collection.
The headpiece, and it's "Moon" companion, are made from from silver sheet. The form was scored into the sheet before it was soldered down the seams. The it was inlaid with topaz Swarovski gemstone. It is not available for purchase and is an extremely valuable archival piece both in value and in history.
Unlike it's original appearance, Lady Gaga added feathers and placed the headpiece so it would lay horizontally across the top of her head rather than to the right side of the head as it was originally intended.
Lady Gaga also wore some amazing jewelry and thankfully I found the credits printed in the physical copy of the magazine. The middle blue and brown necklace is a vintage piece that was picked up at Galerie Argiles Paris.
The top and bottom necklaces are both from Chanel's Haute Joaillerie collection which is not available for purchase. I could not locate a photo of the top choker-like necklace. However, the bottom necklace was thankfully shown at a Camélias installation in Dubai, back in 2014. The bottom necklace is part of the "Jardin de Camélias" collection and is again not available to purchase.
V Magazine also credited her makeup as Maybelline Color Sensations with Swarovski gem stones.
Lady Gaga was with a new team, styled by Alex Aikiu with hair by Kazue Deki and makeup by Mayia Alleaume for Maybelline. The magazine hits newsstands March 7th!
By Terran Warden