Anyone who thinks a fashion shoot is as easy as putting clothes on a model and taking pictures has obviously never styled someone in Haider Ackermann. Just ask Tonne Goodman–who, according to The Independent, had more than a little trouble getting Lady Gaga into an Ackermann gown for her March 2011 Vogue cover. Apparently, the draping of Gaga’s Romanesque Ackermann ensemble was so complex, Goodman (or as The Independent refers to her, “the hapless fashion editor”) “called the designer to ask for his personal help dressing her.”
Goodman has been working for Vogue on and off since 1970–we’d say that makes her anything but “hapless.” And we’re pretty sure it’s not uncommon for editors to call designers to ask about how their pieces should be worn. But The Independent rightly notes what a coup it was for Ackermann to land that March Vogue cover, a spot “predominantly the preserve of big-brand advertisers”–a spot independently-owned Ackermann doesn’t have the budget for.
The piece goes on to praise Ackermann, dubbed the “draped crusader,” for his handiwork, noting that, “the drape of his fabrics is among the finest in the industry.”
They may indeed be some of the finest–Karl Lagerfeld once said he’d be happy to have Ackermann succeed him at Chanel, after all–but maybe Ackermann should consider sending along an instruction manual next time. Seems like a very Karl thing to do, anyway, non?