While performing her song "John Wayne" at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Paris Wednesday, Lady Gaga wore a one-of-a-kind "Million Dollar Hat" designed by milliner Gladys Tamez in collaboration with Swarovski.
The "Million Dollar Hat," designed exclusively for the pop star, is embellished with 45,700 Swarovski crystals. It took 300 hours of labor by 10 craftspeople and features 60 strands of crystals, each strand containing an average of 750 crystal beads. The crown and brim were adorned with an additional 700 jet black crystals. The first ever Swarovski draped "Million Dollar Hat" is an homage to the million dollar fantasy bra.
Valued at an extravagant $1 million, the Swarovski draped hat was inspired by the "Million Reasons" songstress and her new album "Joanne." The look is Bob Mackie meets Gypsy Rose Lee, and the glimmering pinpoints of light on the black felt background of the hat represent optimism and hope and the importance of being true to oneself.
As part of Gaga's choreography, she took the hat from her personal Gladys Tamez Millinery leather hat travel case that was strategically placed on the stage by a gaggle of Victoria’s Secret Angels. She paired the hat with a Saint Laurent jumpsuit designed by Anthony Vaccarello.
This isn't the first time Gaga donned a Gladys Tamez design. The designer is also behind the now iconic custom pink hat seen on the cover of “Joanne." The Los Angeles milliner has actually made all of Lady Gaga’s hats surrounding the "Joanne" launch including her performance on the American Music Awards, "Saturday Night Live," Carpool Karaoke, "Good Morning America" and the Lady Gaga x Bud Light Dive Bar Tour.
Tamez is known as the hatmaker to the Hollywood elite. Her luxury products and bespoke designs are worn by everyone from Beyoncé to Johnny Depp, along with a diverse list of clients such as Sia, NBA player DeAndre Jordan, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Beck and Finn Wittrock.
Catch Lady Gaga performing in the "Million Dollar Hat" when The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on CBS Dec. 5.