July 14, 2011 04:00 PM

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Milliner Philip Treacy has received much buzz for his one-of-a-kind fascinators, especially those worn at the royal wedding. And now he’s reportedly sharing his sacred hat-making skills with one of his biggest clients: Lady Gaga! Treacy tells the U.K.’s
that Gaga, already a fan of his work, is ready to be his next apprentice. “She plans to,” Treacy reveals of her intent to intern with him. “She’s already visited me.” After requesting to work with the designer last spring, it appears that the collaboration is finally beginning. “This is what happened: one Monday morning, four burly bodyguards arrived — Lady Gaga’s security team — to check out the security of the building,” Treacy explains. “I looked at them as if to say, ‘What?! Who is going to take a pot shot at Lady Gaga?’ Anyway, she is young, talented and peculiar — which I like.” Given that Treacy’s hats are sometimes controversial — namely the love-it-or-hate-it headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice in April, which netted $130,000 for charity at auction — it seems only fitting that Gaga would be interested in his creation process. “A person carries off the hat,” Treacy says. “Hats are about emotion. It is all about how it makes you feel. I like hats that make the heart beat faster.” Tell us: What do you think of Lady Gaga interning for Treacy? –Kim Peiffer


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