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Nicola Formichetti: My assistant is my muse

Nicola Formichetti treats his assistant more like a "muse".

The fashion designer is one of several industry professionals to contribute to an article on the next big things in fashion in the January edition of UK magazine Elle.

Nicola talks in glowing terms about his assistant Anna Trevelyan, who he says he couldn't manage without.

"She's more a muse than an assistant. She is the inspiration," he said. "She's a stylist in her own right, creative consultant to a store, edits a magazine and designs her own label. Good taste and a good attitude are a rare mix. That's Anna's speciality."

Nicola is the creative director of Thierry Mugler but also works as Lady Gaga's stylist. He believes it's essential to have several strings to your bow, which is why he is happy for Anna to pursue personal projects.

For her part, Anna was thrilled to land the role with Nicola.

"I was a stylist's assistant and working for Nicola was the dream. But I was too shy to act on it," she said, of first meeting Nicola in a dinner.

He later spotted her work on the internet and offered her a position with him.

"Assisting Nicola is full-on. One day it's a campaign, the next a magazine shoot and in-between we'll be planning Gaga's stage outfits," she laughed.

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