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Step ahead: Star turns to Philip Treacy to win the style stakes

LADY Gaga's eye-catching outfit at the Brits may have been the most talked about part of the night, but it certainly didn't come cheap.

The Herald can reveal that the elaborate white headpiece for her Marie Antoinette-inspired outfit cost almost €6,000.

The intricate headpiece was designed by the superstar's new favourite designer, Philip Treacy.

"Philip has a milliner who works through the night here so it would have taken nearly a full two days to create," a spokesperson for the Galway native told the Herald.

"That was one of our couture pieces and those prices start at £5,000 [€5,753]."

Tuesday's Brit Awards was the second international event for which Gaga trusted Treacy to design her outfit, and the two became close after being introduced by the late Alexander McQueen -- and have bonded over his tragic death.

"She originally began looking at our archives a few months ago and she was also a huge fan of Alexander McQueen, who was obviously close with Philip," the spokesperson explained.

"Now her and Philip have a special bond in memory of Alexander. From now on he will be doing a lot of work with her."

The star wrote on her Twitter page before her performance at the London ceremony: "Tonight's performance is inspired by our friend. Mask by Philip Treacy, Sculpture by Nick Knight, Music by Lady Gaga. We miss you."

Gaga and Treacy's close friendship was evident later that night as the pair were joined at the hip backstage following her tribute performance to the late designer, and were later seen hugging once again at an after party for the awards show.

The songstress will be hitting the stage of the O2 arena in just a few days, and fans are waiting with baited breath to see what elaborate costumes she has up her sleeve.

And the Herald can confirm that she will be sporting some homegrown talent, as Treacy's representative said that she would be wearing his designs during her stint in the capital.

cmcbride@herald.ie


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