Considering the breathless anticipation with which the blogosphere (ourselves included) awaited Lady Gaga’s March cover for American Vogue, the fact that she graces the May cover of Harper’s Bazaar may well be the editorial world’s best kept secret of the year.
Not to give away too much, but we’re usually given advance notice of these sorts of things — magazines typically want to drum up press and excitement in advance of all their issues, let alone one featuring someone with as much star (and advertising) power as Gaga — so it was a delightful surprise to wake up this morning and see the news splashed across the top of Bazaar’s site. While the feature article by Derek Blasberg isn’t long — we’re assuming the online feature is what you’ll find in the magazine — it’s a good read, and the accompanying spread shot by (surprise, surprise) Terry Richardson is exactly what you want a Gaga spread to be: full of fashion (and, in this case, Liberace’s mirror-covered piano.)
The most eye-catching part of the whole package, however, is when Gaga tells Blasberg that she thinks the late Alexander McQueen is working through her.
Her other fashion hero is the late, great Alexander McQueen. When McQueen comes up, Gaga leans back and a sense of wonder glows from her face. She thinks that after his suicide, McQueen began working through her. “I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote ‘Born This Way.’ I think he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing.” Supporting Gaga’s claim was the decision by the label–not Gaga herself–to move up the release date for “Born This Way,” ultimately to the exact day of the one-year anniversary of McQueen’s death. “When I heard that, I knew he planned the whole damn thing. I didn’t even write the fucking song. He did!”
Look, we love Gaga and we certainly love McQueen and we certainly don’t doubt that they loved each other, but we will say that’s a very bold statement considering the way McQueen has more or less been deified by the industry (and, of course, his friends.) We’ll just leave it at that.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.