The stylist, who, in addition to Gaga, counts Scarlett Johansson, Robert Pattinson and Chloë Sevigny among his celebrity clients, is a contributing editor for V Magazine, Dazed & Confused and Another Magazine and the fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan. He also consults for Prada, Costume National, Levi's and MAC.
Considering that Mugler made his name in the 80s with his sculptural and daring designs (his motorcycle corset is a frequent fixture in museum exhibitions), the theatrical Formichetti seems a logical choice to carry the mantle. His first collection for the French fashion house will be for fall 2011.
Of his new role, he told WWD: "Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future. He's been a god for successive generations in the fashion industry. He fused pop and high fashion, told a story in style and combined fantasy with reality. My approach is personal and always very eclectic. I'd like to find new ways for a luxury brand such as Thierry Mugler to excite people."
With that imagination, there's no telling how Formichetti will ignite the catwalk.