A spokesperson for Philip Treacy has confirmed that Lady Gaga applied to intern for the famous milliner. No final decisions have been made regarding her acceptance.
Treacy and Gaga seem like the perfect pair: He's known for his unconventional, sculptural head pieces oft seen atop McQueen models and the late Isabella Blow, and her head wear is legendary in its own right, including her endless variety of telephones, ears, and fake hair sculptures.
We could easily picture Gaga as an apprentice to Treacy's design team. She regularly collaborates with artists like Terence Koh, and her personal factory, Haus of Gaga, has produced countless memorable creations. We'd put our money on her as an excellent milliner, because she has more experience than anyone we know at balancing crazy contraptions on her head.
But as an intern?
Most interns' regular tasks include getting coffee, organizing samples, sorting mail, and assisting superiors. Somehow we just can't picture Lady Gaga doing any of these things.
The celebrity internship is a strange practice, starting with Sean Avery at Vogue and Kanye at Gap. While celebs are sure to learn valuable facts about the fashion industry and gain experience working as part of a creative team--things most interns learn--we'd imagine that stars are not faced with the regularly grueling schedule of the average intern.
Fashion interns trek samples all over town, get up early and stay up late, and are the working class backbone of the fashion industry. While we're excited to see what Gaga has to produce and what she'll learn, let's be honest and say she will definitely not be a real intern.
We'd call her a "Celebrity Apprentice."