Stylist Nicola Formichetti On Lady Gaga: "It Was An Instant Love"

01/05/2010 at 12:30 PM ET

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Lady Gaga made headlines all through 2009 with her outrageous looks both on- and off-stage. And while her Muppet-adorned dresses and lack of pants will forever be associated with the artist, she wasn’t alone in creating her signature style. Meet the man behind Gaga’s wacky fashions, stylist Nicola Formichetti. In an a recent interview with T Magazine, the behind-the-scenes fashion star shares his love for all things fashion, including his client Lady Gaga. Nicola, who has styled ad campaigns for everyone from Uniqlo to Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, is one of the few who isn’t generally fond of celebrities mixing with fashion. “There’s way too much celebrity in fashion. I don’t really like working with celebrities, so I try to stay away from that whole machine,” he tells T Magazine. But when he met Lady Gaga at a V Magazine shoot, their instant chemistry changed all that. “It was an instant love. I had always stayed away from celebrity and musicians before, but she was so different. Instantly we understood each other completely. We started working naturally — all the videos, shows, tours, etc.,” says Nicola. So how does he come up with Lady Gaga’s jaw-dropping looks? “I get inspired from people around me: my friends, collaborators, designers and photographers,” he says. “I also have a huge toy collection that I often source through for ideas, but most importantly I find that traveling and visiting new places is very inspiring.” Read more from Nicola’s interview with T Magazine here. –Andrea DeSimone

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Kerri on

Seriously… if you had any modicum of talent, you wouldn’t have to do this type of stunt to be noticed. I’m just sayin’…

Amanda on

Kerri– I could not agree with your comment more.
Gaga is always looking to “make a statement” for the cameras..

Jessica on

Kerri, pretty sure Madonna was the same way early in her career. I don’t care if she tries to go above and beyond as a performer. It’s more interesting than seeing the same generic, blonde, orange, vapid pop stars over and over.

Jess on

I agree with Jessica. Gaga is an artist and is expressing herself. Open up your mind people

brenda on

I like her outfits more now after hearing her explanation for wearing them. She is a wonderful person trying to send out a good message.

Natasha on

Seriously? well, I guess people with horrible fashion sense stick together eh?

Damieen on

Kerri—- Have you heard this woman sing?!? And I’m not talking synthesized out, I’m saying sitting at her piano SINGING? She has more talent than half the women in the business. But that isn’t enough to stand out these days. She has to be flashy to be noticed in the first place. Sadly for people like you who just assume she’s talentless and don’t listen, you miss out on a phenomenal talent. Who cares what she looks like? You’re supposed to LISTEN to music, not care what the person looks like.

maria on

i feel that lady gaga is a alsome person and that she knows hoe to get to people i love her music and the way she dresses if i could i would want to br just like her

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