Lady Gaga has credited her stylist Brandon Maxwell for making her feel that she was “good enough to wear a ball gown”.
The 29-year-old singer has been working with Brandon since making a name for herself in the music business. When he received the Best Designer Debut gong at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Sunday night (20Mar16), Gaga was front and centre, ready to praise her long-term stylist and friend.
“For three years before (tonight) I had one of the hardest times of my life, ever,” she said, toasting Maxwell. “And you were by side every single day to pick me up, and help me to face the entire world when I felt very sad. I’m very grateful to you for that. Because when you become famous when you’re young, it’s almost like you stop growing up. And I needed my sweet gay best friend to help me become a woman. And you really did. There was something liberating about taking off the fishnets and the leather and knowing that I was good enough to wear a ball gown and that I could be proud in one.”
Brandon’s outfit choices for Gaga include the Azzedine Alaia gown she paired with red gloves for the 2015 Oscars and the stunning dress/jumpsuit designed by him that she donned for this year’s Academy Awards (16).
In his own acceptance speech, Brandon waxed lyrical about his best friend, and said he would never have achieved the profile he has without the help and support of the eccentric style queen.
“I don’t live in Hollywood. I think it’s very very fun here, but I’m not from here. And I think you’re all beautiful and amazing,” he told the crowd. “But you know, back in New York I had a true friend who was there for me. I know that I’m not here without you (Gaga). And it would never have been possible.”
“You are obviously are legendary and talented and a big star, I understand, but the person that you’ve been to me, the things that you’ve put out into the world, and show and say you are, is truly what you are at home. I’m very happy I have this career, and I’m very thankful for all you’ve done for me in that way. But I’m more proud of the things that you’ve done for me at four in the morning for almost the past 10 years of my life – and for truly keeping me alive, so thank you very much.”