Nicola Formichetti, a creative director, and Uber stylist has established himself at the forefront of the design industry by seamlessly interacting with young customers via social media and his knowledge of international aesthetics and global demographics.
Formichetti used architecture school to persuade his parents to relocate to London. Consequently, he immersed himself in the London party scene for three years. During that time, Formichetti started working at The Pinneal Eye, a leading shop in London’s Soho that had the blend between the sharpness of Dior Homme and the wild inventiveness of kid-inflected designs. He worked there for two years, eventually rising to the position of art director and head buyer. Formichetti was then introduced to Katy England, Dazed and Confused’s fashion director at the time, who gave him a monthly feature dubbed “Eye Spy.”
Formichetti’s pages at Dazed launched him into London’s emerging “new style” magazine spot: an array of projects for Another, Another Man, Arena Homme, V, and V Man followed, allowing him to hone his skills in preparation for upcoming role as Dazed’s new fashion editor, which he was elected to in 2005. Formichetti continued in the job until 2008, when he was promoted to creative director. In September 2008, he was then named Vogue Hommes Japan’s new fashion director, a position he held for the life of the publication.
At another fortuitous encounter, in 2009 with Lady Gaga on a project for V Magazine, forever transformed Formichetti’s career. Their meeting was described as “an instant love” by the art director. He continued to become Lady Gaga’s personal design director, working with the singer on some of her most iconic outfits, including the meat dress she wore at the MTV Awards in 2010, and the Hussein Chalayan egg she also wore to the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Formichetti was then named creative director for Thierry Mulger, which was relaunched by Mugler in September 2010. Formichetti worked at Mulger for two years, and his collections, which he designed alongside his work at Uniqlo, got varied but generally good reviews. At the Fashion Awards in December 2010, he received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
The Emery Awards in 2018, which honors individuals and organizations who exhibit great leadership within the LGBTQIA+ community, included Formichetti amongst its honorees.
With his position as creative director of Diesel in April 2013, fashion’s greatest current iconoclast now has a commercial platform large enough to see how far he can go. After four years of working as the brand’s artistic director, Formichetti then left Diesel in December 2017.