NICOLA FORMICHETTI has been named the creative director of French fashion house Thierry Mugler. The stylist and fashion editor will show his first collection for autumn/winter 2011.

Formichetti will oversee two newly appointed designers Sébastien Peigné who has been made head of womenswear and Romain Kremer who act as the label’s head of menswear.

“Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” says Formichetti. “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.”

Formichetti is currently fashion editor of Vogue Hommes Japan and contributing editor to V, Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine. He is also known as stylist to Lady Gaga.

“We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” Joël Palix, director general of the Mugler company, tells WWD. “Nicola is a multicultural, techno-savvy expert involved in fashion, communication, image and entertainment. He and the appointed talented designers will represent a new direction for French fashion.”

The stylist, now designer, will succeed Rosemary Rodriguez who arrived at the fashion house in 2008.

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