The anticipation was palpable in London's Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday evening - gathered fashonistas wearing an array of intricate headpieces were about to witness Philip Treacy's
first show in 13 years.
And as soon as they saw Lady Gaga
appear on the runway wearing a floor-length neon pink veil and towering Alexander McQueen
Armadillo shoes, they knew he was set to stage his catwalk comeback in style.
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The pop princess raised her arms and looked up, announcing: "Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest milliner in the world: Philip Treacy."
It was an epithet he lived up to, unveiling a mesmerizing collection of hats and headpieces inspired by and teamed with the actual stage costumes of Michael Jackson
With attendees bopping along to a quintessential soundtrack of the pop legend, the cast of all-black models showcased a Neverland Ranch miniature fairground headpiece, complete with a carousel, a sequinned glove fascinator and other typically wacky designs.
After opening the show with a bang, Lady Gaga changed into a teal dress that she paired with an oversized floral headpiece covering most of her face, before taking her place on the front row.
There, she was joined by fellow celebrities Kim Cattrall, Grace Jones and Dita Von Teese.
The outfits were borrowed from a collection held by the King of Pop's costume designer; they are set to be auctioned in California in December.