Arianne Phillips told Grazia that only fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford shared the sensibility of the W.E. director.
"She and I have this creative language together because I've been working with her for the past 14 years," Phillips said.
"I loved having her on the other side of the camera and being able to collaborate with her in that way. It wasn't that different because she's an idea person and she's always directed me anyway, in terms of everything we've done from album covers to photoshoots to the play in the West End.
"We've worked in so many different disciplines and we have a real fluency in language so I feel like she's been directing me for years!"
She added: "The only difference is that it's more objective with her behind the camera, she has a real sense of an incredible aesthetic. The only other experience I've had like this was working with Tom Ford on A Single Man.
"Most directors don't know how to discuss the nuances of the fabric, colour and the silhouette, and the beauty of working with Tom and working with Madonna was the vernacular."
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