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Lady Gaga's stylist Formichetti leaves Mugler

Thomas Adamson, AP Fashion Writer

FILE - In this Feb.27, 2013 file photo shows fashion designers Nicola Formichetti, left, and Sebastien Teigne after their fashion collection for Thierry Mugler's Ready to wear Fall/Winter 2013/2014 presented in Paris. Mugler have said Tuesday, April, 2, 2013 that Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti is leaving the French fashion house where he’s been creative director since March 2011. (AP Photo/ Jacques Brinon, File)

PARIS (AP) -- The French fashion house Mugler says Lady Gaga's stylist Nicola Formichetti is leaving the company where he's been creative director since 2011.

In a statement sent Tuesday to The Associated Press, Formichetti said, "I have had a great time working in Paris with Mugler over the last two years. It was a challenge to re-invigorate the house for a new generation."

Formichetti's womenwear debut attracted a new legion of fans to the Parisian house when he enlisted superstar Lady Gaga to tread the catwalk for the fall-winter 2011 show. He explored space-age themes in his designs and dropped "Thierry" from the house name.

Mugler Director General Joel Palix said Formichetti succeeded in "bringing his energy to the brand" founded by Thierry Mugler in the 1970s.