Lady Gaga's Stylist Nicola Dishes on Gaga

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Lady Gaga\'s Stylist Nicola Dishes on Gaga
Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti is featured in the July issue of W Magazine where he talks about Gaga, his life before Gaga and his need for therapy.

You can read excerpts from the interview below:

On meeting GaGa for the first time:
"She arrived fully dressed, in hair and makeup, wearing shoulder pads and this leather dress and heels and shades—at 8 a.m. on the beach. I was going, This bitch is crazy! She is the real deal. We fell in love with each other, totally. It felt really organic."

On GaGa pushing him to take the job as Mugler's creative director:
"She was like, ‘What the fuck? Hello?! There’s not even a question here, you’re doing it!’"

On working for Dazed & Confused:
One shoot, which involved dressing a rock band, was particularly unfortunate. "I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids," he recalled. "And I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G's brother. It was so ghetto."

On styling a D&G fashion show:
"I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know I was supposed to Polaroid everything. I was calling friends, saying, ‘What do I do?’ So I just sort of put the stuff together and created this look that I thought was the coolest thing ever. And then after the show I got fired straightaway. I was so shocked! I found out later that this was supposed to be their show—not the Nicola show. It was supposed to be a collaboration."

On his therapy sessions:
"I had this incredible fear of darkness, and [my therapist] helped me completely get rid of it. I had the same thing with women. I was always more of a men’s wear stylist; it felt so natural. I wanted to make men look cool because that’s the way I dress. But he said, ‘Your true passion is women’s fashion.’ He made me remember how, when I was young, I was always drawing female characters and dresses. My mom was my muse—she would buy me Italian Vogue. I was this little fashion boy. Then it became that whole thing of not wanting to be too gay, so I had to try to become an architect and do something more proper. He helped me get rid of that, and a couple months later I met Gaga."
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