Gaga for Gehry

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, December 4, 2009

We knew Rem Koolhaas had a crush on Miuccia Prada, but now Frank Gehry and her have teamed up, and it’s not for a new “epicenter.” As The New Yorker details in a Talk piece this week, the Santa Monica architect was asked by his artist friend Francesco Vezzoli to design a hat for none other than walking art piece Lady Gaga, and the hat, along with her dress, were made by Prada for a benefit at LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art last month. As Dana Goodyear describes it, “Gaga wore the Gehry hat all folded in on itself, a millinery version of Walt Disney Hall.” But this being The New Yorker, there were no pictures, only a drawing, so we had to see the hat for ourselves, which, thanks to Gaga Daily, we found it.

The Gaga hat, as rendered by the New Yorker.

The Gaga hat, as rendered by the New Yorker.

But the real treat is hearing Gehry describe his pièce de résistance:

Gehry said that he had done the initial drawing on his iPhone, which an assistant then produced: a violet scribble with a black-and-blue iris at the center. “Since I’ve never designed a hat before, I was afraid she wouldn’t be able to walk,” he said. “I did have an idea that involved people with sticks holding it up, walking behind her. I didn’t know how far I could go with this thing.”

Starchitecture indeed.

3 Responses to “Gaga for Gehry”

  1. RWordplay says:

    Well, Frank would design a condom for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if it earned him a nickel or a mention in the local paper. All said and done, I think he stole the idea from Jacobim Mugatu’s “Derelicte” collection. If this is true, it is also very sad.

  2. […] not a parade of the people that always sit in front of you at concerts, nor is it a competition to make a hat for Lady Gaga in the tradition of Frank Gehry; instead,  it’s a bunch of Environmental Design majors […]

  3. pirsing665 says:

    Hello everybody, how do you do
    My big cheese’s Pigeon Johnny
    LA symph’s the troupe
    I know what you’re point of view
    Who is this fool
    My select’s Pigeon Johnny
    I make the ladies drool
    Not as a matter of fact but it sounds cool allowing

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