, shrouded in pink tulle, walked slowly down the catwalk. The entire audience at the Royal Courts of Justice held its breath.
Ladies and Gentlemen!!! she bellowed, the greatest milliner in the world, Philip Treacy, in the clothes of Michael Jackson
It was by far the most dramatic opening to a fashion show wed ever seen. Gaga. MJ. The return to London of one of its most prodigious talents. It was almost too much to take, and then the real show began. A show so fantastic that it almost almost - consigned the Gaga opening to a footnote.
With an all-black cast of models, we saw a parade of Michael Jacksons greatest hits the clothes, that is, from his stage tours. From the narrow-waisted drummer boy jackets to the leather trousers, the electric blue suits to the heavily embellished boleros, all the iconic looks created by designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins were present and correct.
But this was no museum display this was a proper resurrection. Philip Treacy had worked with Bush to bring the clothes back to life by creating a hat for each outfit. If ever there was a daunting task, then injecting new life into the vestiges of a legend would be up there. But Philip Treacy succeeded in making those clothes sing once again.
Oh, the hats, There were huge swooping Swarovski star rings and ornate golden headdresses that belonged in ancient sacred rituals. There were plumes of feathers and crystal-encrusted masks. LED lights and primitive warrior masks. There was even a shimmering ivory ship with sails billowing that poignantly recalled the late Isabella Blow.
Alek Wek brought huge applause when she came out wearing a white Michael Jackson glove hat, and one on her