Nicola Formichetti
by Stephen Garner
Nicola Formichetti
Nicola Formichetti / Photo by Mariano Vivanco

Artistic director and fashion designer Nicola Formichetti will be honored for his commitment to the LGBTQI+ community at the 2018 Emery Awards held in New York City on Wednesday, November 7th. The Hetrick-Martin Institute’s annual fundraiser, which supports LGBTQ youth, will also honor actor Alan Cumming, activist Grant Shaffer, and the Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla.

Formichetti is an award-winning designer responsible for well-known cultural flashpoints including Lady Gaga’s “meat dress” and boundary-pushing visual campaigns. He has held top design roles at Uniqlo, Diesel, Mugler and Haus of Gaga.

He has created visual capsules for Pepsi, Diesel, Uniqlo, Mugler, MAC, Barney’s and H&M and had editor positions at Vogue Japan Hommes, Dazed and Confused, V, Another Magazine, Arena Homme +, and Harper’s Bazaar. Formichetti is also the creator of Nicopanda, a gender-neutral high concept streetwear brand, modeled after Nicola’s own image.

Nicola has a passion for supporting LGBTQIA+ communities and bringing attention to global talent and culture. He, along with his creative collective Two Hustlers, established The Arts Grant to help young visual artists kick-start their careers.

“I am beyond humbled to receive this honor from Hetrick-Martin Institute and excited to embark as a brand ambassador for this wonderful organization,” said Formichetti. “I’m so inspired by the LGBTQ community and only hope to continue these efforts for years to come.”

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