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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I don’t think half the people out there get it. She doesn’t want to look ‘pretty’ and what she wears aren’t ‘costumes’ if you listen to any interview with her, all she ever presses is that this is her, all the time, and she’s making constant art, or at least trying to. It may be about attention a little bit but i genuinely think this girl is very honest and unique, almost to the point that she’s a little mental. Best thing to come out of pop in a long time!

Anita on

I wish that I could wear those outfits every day
I have always dreamed of being a talk show host and coming out with outfits like that.
I think it is a good thing, it makes singing very theatrical. Look at Cher and Madonna -they went all out. We live in a visual world and we need to feed that. I think GaGa with or without costumes is a beautiful singer and performer. The designers can’t sell this stuff to ordinary people, they need to do their thing and if it is for those pop stars , I think it is wonderful

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i used to play archery but quit this sport after i got some elbow surgery.~:”

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