Polaroid Corporation is an American-based international consumer electronics and eyewear company, originally founded by Edwin H. Land in 1937.
On January 5, 2010, owners of the Polaroid™ brand announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Lady Gaga, who will serve as the creative director for a special line of Polaroid Imaging products. Gaga made a special appearance at the Polaroid booth at the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 7, 2010, to talk about her new creative and business relationship with the Polaroid brand.
|“||I am so proud to announce my new partnership with Polaroid as the creative director and inventor of specialty projects.||”|
|“||The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion/technology/photography innovation--blending the iconic history of Polaroid and instant film with the digital era-and we are excited to collaborate on these ventures with the Polaroid brand. Lifestyle, music, art, fashion: I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer, and to as my father puts it--finally, have a real job.||”|
A Polaroid insider said “Lady Gaga’s broad creative talents and the way she connects with her fans in her own unique manner made her a natural choice for Polaroid.” One of Polaroid's new owners, Jamie Salter of Hilco Consumer Capital said “Lady Gaga is a great creative talent who has a lot of passion for this brand."
|“||A day at work in Tokyo, Japan with my new associates. Showing Polaroid my new vision and designs as creative director. Polaroids by Matthew Williams||”|
—Lady Gaga via Twitter
“Obviously, the design’s pretty wacky but it’ll definitely appeal to her fans, and with over 10 million of them on Facebook, we’re pretty sure this will do well.” The then unnamed Gaga Polaroid will be one of the company’s analogue range in the style of the recently released Polaroid 300 which harks back to the old instan t cameras. It won’t produce the famous 4 x 4 prints, but instead will expose an ink-made 3 x 4 size with the traditional white border, the like of which can also be printed out from any camera using the most recent sized PoGo.
The collaboration will deliver new products that mix the best of “instant” with digital era multi-media. Lady Gaga has a personal connection to the Polaroid experience that she wants to share with the world through the introduction of products that will appeal to a new generation –building on the Polaroid movement into the future.
Lady Gaga posed for a Polaroid at the museum run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The museum took possession of thousands of Polaroid inventions that revolutionized photography in the 20th century, including the 20-by-24-inch camera that snapped the photo of Lady Gaga. An exclusive Polaroid of Lady Gaga, Polaroid creative director, was unveiled at the MIT museum on June 30.
- Main article: John Reuter
Lady Gaga decided to have several product placements in her music video for Telephone.
V Magazine‘s “A Gaga Journal” hit newsstands on May 11th. The journal is the work of Lady Gaga and Matthew Williams, and is meant to serve as a window into the life of Lady Gaga. It was only fitting that the new Creative Director of Polariod document her life with Polariod pictures. The collage includes Lady Gaga looking like she’s covered in mud in a shower, a photo of a rose, and a sky.
Polaroid Grey LabelEdit
A year after announcing their partnership, Lady Gaga and Polaroid unveiled their first join venture together. “Polaroid Grey Label” is a combined effort between Gaga and the Polaroid and was shown to the world for the first time on January 6th.
- "A year in the making, Polaroid Grey Label is a collaboration between two of the most influential icons of our time. Polaroid and Lady Gaga. Join us at Polaroid.com as we reveal the next generation instant experience. Live from CES in Las Vegas. January 6th, 2011 at 3:30pm PST." - Polaroid
GL10 Instant Mobile PrinterEdit
The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer is one of the three products thats part of the Polaroid Grey Label by Haus of Gaga and Polaroid. It is compatible with all Bluetooth capable cellphones except iPhones, which wil not connect for unknown reasons. The GL10 also works seamlessly with its own smartphone app giving phone users many creative options. The app lets users capture, crop and add effects, including photographic filters and a wide range of custom-designed borders. The GL10 was released first on Bloomingdale’s 59th st. flagship in New York City and was rolled out to select Bloomingdale’s nationwide in late June. Pre-orders for the GL10 were also available at Polaroid.com and became available on hsn.com starting May 27, 2011. In addition to Bloomingdale’s, the GL10 launched to consumers nationwide on June 17, 2011 on HSN. Costco.com received the GL10 starting on June 20, 2011.
How it WorksEdit
If a photo is taken on a cellphone with bluetooth capability, then it can send pictures to the printer. You have to go to your 'Manage Connections' and turn bluetooth on. Then you go to 'Set Up Bluetooth' and search for the device. The device name is "Polaroid 000000". Send a photo using Bluetooth to the printer, insert the password, and in about 40 seconds the picture will be printed. A USB cord can also be connected that allows printing photos from computers or the GL20 Camera Glasses.
- Advanced Technology: The newest instant printing experience begins with the embedded dye-crystal ZINK® Zero Ink® Technology from ZINK Imaging. Patented ZINK PaperTM is an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so ZINK Paper®, looks like regular white photo paper. The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals.
- Superb Print Quality: The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer uses ZINK's second-generation thermal technology, delivering image quality that rivals a photo-lab. Prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.
- Aesthetically Pleasing and Environmentally Responsible: Designed for both form and function for use both in the present and future. ZINK technology requires no messy ribbons, toner or inkjet cartridges. The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer will be available in May 2011 (US $149.99 MSRP). ZINK 3x4" Paper will be available in May 2011 at a price that's to be announced.
During Lady Gaga's speech at the CES 2011, Lady Gaga revealed the inspiration for this printer. When Polaroid asked Lady Gaga what the camera of the future is, Gaga responded that cellphones were. She went on to explain, "I have tons of fans. I have arena shows every night with 20,000 thousand little lights flashing at me as they take pictures on their cell phones the entire show. So I said 'How can we bring the cell phone into Polaroid? How can I take something that is digital, that is almost never printed, into something that is instant? ' So we created this printer."
GL20 Camera GlassesEdit
The GL20 Camera Glasses is one of the three products that's part of the Polaroid Grey Label by Haus of Gaga and Polaroid. They were inspired by the iPod LCD Glasses. Out of the three products, it's the only one that remained unreleased. In April of 2012, Polaroid released the following statement regarding the release of the product:
- The retail plans are still being developed as we complete product development. The GL20 Camera Glasses are a unique product and blend of technology and fashion and Polaroid will release them when they feel that all aspects are perfect; up to Polaroid and Lady Gaga's very high standards. We will share additional details once more information becomes available.
How it WorksEdit
They are capable of being worn out in public. They can take pictures and videos. The pictures are able to be sent to the GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. The pictures and videos register to the arm-piece which serves as a USB port that can be removed and connected to a computer. Videos and photographs can be uploaded onto the camera for display. The user can either manually take pictures or set up a shutter that snaps a photograph either every 10, 30, or 60 seconds.
- Merges Fashion With Photography: Never before has the world seen fashion, photography and technology come together in one, singular product.
- Tells Your Story to the World: Users can instantly capture or upload photos with the built-in camera and then display the images on the glasses' LCD screens for others to see.
- Expresses True Artistry and Originality: Only Lady Gaga could create a hybrid that's part fashion statement, part revolutionary technology and part tool for self-expression.
During Lady Gaga's speech at the CES 2011, Gaga revealed the inspiration for the glasses. "These are something I envisioned many years ago when I did The Fame Ball Tour. I made these glasses out of iPod screens (iPod LCD Glasses) that I strung together to make glasses that can play movies, and I thought 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if these were functional.' So we created the first ever camera that is also sunglasses".
GL30 Instant Digital CameraEdit
The GL30 Instant Digital Camera is one of the three products that's part of the Polaroid Grey Label by Haus of Gaga and Polaroid. It is set for a holiday 2011 release.
How it WorksEdit
The camera is able to take and view pictures before printing. It takes regular Polaoid pictures that registers digitally as well as a regular photo. Each cartridge can print up to ten photos. It is capable of sending the photos taken to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and/or MySpace.
- Brings the Polaroid Instant Experience to Life: Introducing a new generation to the joy of instant photography, the GL30 uses next generation ZINK Zero Ink Technology from ZINK Imaging.
- Fuses the Digital and Physical Worlds: Featuring the benefits of a digital camera, instant photo printer and digital display, the GL30 is a creative tool that delivers the best of the digital and physical worlds.
- Pays Tribute to Polaroid's Legacy: Reminiscent of Polaroid cameras of the past, the GL30 is clearly a significant departure from a typical camera. Designed for longevity, the GL30 is not only for the future, it's an object of desire. Users can select from a number of filters and borders to create truly original images that instantly fit in the palm of your hand.
- Nicola Formichetti's Blog: Lady Gaga styling at the 2010 CES when announcing partnership with Polaroid