Giorgio Armani has branded Madonna "very difficult" and insists the cape he designed did not cause her to fall at the BRIT Awards.
Asked about the accident, the 80-year-old couturier told PEOPLE.com: "Madonna, as we know, is very difficult. This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands. That's all there is to it."
The 56-year-old singer got "a little whiplash" when she was pulled down a small flight of stairs by a dancer who was attempting to remove the huge cape during her performance at the ceremony in London, and claimed her ensemble was to blame.
She late said: "Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it's quite heavy, so they tied it really tight around my neck. So here I am marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string, and it would not come undone. And my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice: I could either be strangled or fall with the cape, and I fell."
Despite the fall - during which the audience heard a loud thud as she toppled down the stairs and dropped her microphone - the 'Hung Up' hitmaker managed to continue with her performance.
She added: "It was a nightmare, I like to be amazing, I rehearse and rehearse so when I do a show it is effortless and I create magic. I did the opposite, I actually created a horror show for everyone."