Meet Zombie Boy, Nicola Formichetti’s New Muse At Mugler

Though he may be best known as the man behind Lady Gaga‘s show-stopping style, Nicola Formichetti will make his debut as Thierry Mugler’s new creative director on January 19 at the Paris men’s shows. And like most designers, he’s found himself a muse. Meet Rick Genest, a twenty-something model known more for his skeletal body art than his portfolio. He also goes by the name Zombie Boy.

We were introduced to Genest via Cathy Horyn‘s latest musings on the industry, “Pushing Fashion Boundaries in an Era Without Any”. In a section highlighting the popularity of transsexual model Lea T., androgynous model Andrej Pejic, and albino model Steven Thompson, Horyn reveals Formichetti’s newfound inspiration.

This week, Nicola Formichetti was in Montreal photographing a young man named Rick Genest, whom he found on Facebook and is known as Rico. Mr. Genest had his body tattooed to resemble a skeleton, with blackened eye sockets and ghoulishly large dentiture on his lips. “Rico is my muse,” Mr. Formichetti, who styles Lady Gaga, wrote in an e-mail.

We’re curious as to what Genest means for Formichetti’s first collections for Mugler. Perhaps we can expect a lot of artful boning? Or maybe some ribbed corsets? In the meantime, we’d like to offer a small word of caution: as any good designer knows, a little inspiration goes a long way.


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