Meet the Crystal-Obsessed Designer to the Stars

Lizzo at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in a The Disco Daddy design. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10532344g)

Although you may not be familiar with The Disco Daddy by name, we’re sure you’ve seen some of his flashy, glittery work. Vincent Michael Braccia, known as The Disco Daddy, is who stars turn to when they want to shine on stage. Some of his clients include Lizzo, Doja Cat, and drag queens including Violet Chachki and Aquaria. The Disco Daddy’s disco-influenced designs are dazzled in colorful stones, which are just begging to be in the spotlight.

Before launching his label in 2017, Braccia was a professional dancer, which ultimately, inspired his designs. He studied ballet and classical dance and was inspired by the dance costumes for as far back as he can remember. “When I was young, I was fortunate to go to a studio that had custom beaded and sequined costumes. It was my favorite part of going, even though I couldn’t wear it—the girls had all the gorgeous costumes,” he told Vogue adding that he would go to Michaels and glue rhinestones onto his costumes.

As he got older, he became even more interested in stage wear and was inspired by Bob Mackie. But it wasn’t until he moved to L.A. to pursue a career in dance that his crystal work gained an audience, especially among drag queens.

In general, he’s been doing custom work, and recently, he created a line that has seven original designs with influences from disco music, which he refers to as a “modern take on Studio 54”. The new collection includes dresses, bodysuits, and more all with one thing in common—crystals.