If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga’s outrageous, over-the-top looks, you have to meet Johannes Warnke, the designer behind some of her best outfits. The designer’s colorful, textured creations are featured in Gaga’s music video for “911”. A recent graduate of Central Saint Martins, Warnke is already a favorite among stylists and pop stars.
Like many designers, Warnke’s interest in fashion started at an early age. “I played with Barbies and made clothes for them, cut out paper figures from magazines and dressed them differently every day, playing with different shapes and colors,” he told Vogue. The designer is also trained in modern dance, so his clothes move with the body even though they’re structured.
His creations have an otherworldly quality, an element that transports space and time. And while his designs are elaborate, he takes sustainability very seriously, dying his textiles by hand and using materials with a low environmental impact. Most of his creations are zero-waste because he drapes the garments without getting rid of the fabrics.
Warnke’s next project—functional design products and collaborations with dance and theater. “Already there are functional elements within my collection, so I can see myself expanding on that,” he told Vogue.