Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Designer, Nicola Formichetti, Joins Diesel as Artistic Director

Designer joins Italian fashion house two days after leaving Thierry Mugler

By Rose Curiel Apr 04, 2013 10:29 PMTags
Renzo Rosso, Nichola Formichetti, DieselCourtesy: Diesel

Just two days after announcing his departure from Thierry Mugler, Nicola Formichetti has signed on as Diesel's new—and first!—artistic director.

Though you may not recognize his name, you are probably familiar with a memorable look he helped style back in 2010: Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress.

We doubt Mother Monster's stylist will create looks as outrageous as the beefy frock in his new role, but chances are he is going to bring his signature over-the-top design aesthetic to the Italian brand—and that's just the way Diesel founder Renzo Rosso wants it. 

"I finally met somebody as crazy as I am," Rosso said in a statement. "Nicola shares my vision and I find it incredibly inspiring to work with him: two creative planets are colliding to generate fresh, mad, insane ideas."

Whoa! We know we can't wait to see what the meeting of these two "crazy" minds will yield. For his part, Formichetti is excited about the creative freedom he will experience at his new gig.

"When Renzo asked me, I remembered that Diesel and I are all about the same things," Formichetti said. "No rules! It's about being empowered, it's about being free."

Dig the designer's free-spirited approach to the creative process? You can collaborate with him on his first order of business for the company, which is launching the DIESEL REBOOT project, a global community for fashion forward folk.