Trickle-Down Fashion: Kristina Kiss Helped Construct Lady Gaga’s Avant-Garde Chromatica Look

Kiss designed costumes for Lady Gaga’s Rain On Me music video.

At FIT, Kristina Kiss spent her days striving for top marks and her nights debuting her designs at Lower East Side dive bars. That’s where Kiss first met Lady Gaga, whose fearless style inspired her.

Kiss was among designers reviving Gaga’s signature sartorial weirdness. “I wanted something with shock value,” she says, “a combination of scary and sexy.”

SSIK Designs collaborated with Studio Formichetti’s Marta del Río, constructing pieces including the pink/purple silicone bodice seen in the Rain on Me video and the flesh suture stitch bodysuit Gaga wore in the Chromatica album art.

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Kristina Kiss wearing her own designs.

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