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The Man Behind The Meat Posted 30 Sep 2010 BlowFashion,Celebrity Fashion

Lady Gaga’s outré ensembles are arguably more notorious than she is. From her Kermitcovered frock, to her more recent raw meat dress, she is, without doubt, a style icon unlike any other. However, incongruous to the attention-grabbing looks he creates, her stylist is comparatively a bit of a dark horse. So who exactly is the man behind the meat? Cue Nicola Formichetti – consultant, fashion stylist and creative director. This worldly gentleman is indeed the culprit, responsible for conjuring Gaga’s fabulously avant-garde attire. Born in Japan in 1977 to an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Formichetti grew up between these two divergent countries. His unique style is a direct result of his upbringing: eclectic, modern, international, traditional, Eastern and European. He currently lives between London, New York and Tokyo, managing both his time and his various projects from across the globe. His vast experience includes roles as the Fashion Director at Vogue Hommes Japan, Contributing Fashion Editor at V Magazine, Dazed & Confused and Another, and, most recently, an appointment as the Creative Director of Parisian fashion house, Thierry Mugler. And who better to rescue the OTT 80s brand from its current doldrums than someone so synonymous with power shoulders and theatricality?

After first meeting at V Magazine, and “instantly falling in love”, Lady Gaga recently spoke of Nicola and his new position: “Blood pumps through Nicola’s veins like perfume and cigarettes. Thierry Mugler has a way with legendary lifestyle and Nicola is just that: Epic Lifestyle, Freakdom, Gorgeous or Die…Nicola Formichetti is Fashion’s Freedom. I love him, my friend the genius, my collaborator, more than any piece of clothing I possess. But don’t tell him I said that, he’ll die. He picked them all out.” Follow @Formichetti Words: Sarah Kwong

The Man Behind The Meat: Nicola Formichetti  

Short profile piece for Blow Online about Lady Gaga's designer Nicola Formichetti