It's no secret that Lady Gaga is a major fan of high fashion, from rocking Versace, YSL, Jean Paul Gaultier, Agent Provocateur, to Chanel in both her music videos and Red Carpet events. There's no one she admires quite like Alexander Mcqueen, who Lady Gaga wrote a special memo about for V magazine, praising the late designer for his unique vision and aesthetic and his impact on the pop star's life.
Just last week, Lady Gaga purchased three of Alexander McQueen's Armadillo shoes at an auction at Christie's New York, dropping a cool $295,000 for them, according to Complex and Footwear News. What's more, the profits were given to UNICEF's relief efforts for the earthquake in Nepal. These McQueen boots were on sale at Christie's from July 14-23, and were handcrafted in Italy, made from wood and python skin.
Gaga has a special connection to these eccentric-shaped boots: she rocked them in her iconic "Bad Romance" music video, as well as some of her insanely memorable Red Carpet looks. So it seems pretty fitting that she'd cop these three pairs. These babies came out as part of McQueen's Spring/Summer 2010 collection, and the shoe game was never the same since.
After purchasing these bad boys, Gaga wrote an exclusive memo for V Magazine that pretty much melted my heart.
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.
I truly feel Gaga's sincere words here, and I can't think of anyone who would give these shoes the love and honor they truly deserve than the queen of unexpected and unique fashion herself.