Who is Natali Germanotta?
Natali Germanotta is an upcoming American fashion designer, better known as the younger sister of singer, songwriter, and actor Lady Gaga. Natali had harbored a passion for fashion and arts since her childhood. She has been designing clothes and accessories since she was in school. She is a graduate from the 'Parsons School for Design' (renamed ‘Parsons the New School for Design’), New York City, and later interned for an established designer. Natali has styled and designed clothes for a few of Gaga's projects. The sisters are now regular partners on projects. However, Natali always keeps a low profile. Natali has an edgier sense of personal style, which is a step ahead of Gaga's weird and quirky fashion sense.
Childhood & Early Life
Natali was born Natalie Veronica Germanotta, on March 10, 1992, in New York, US, to Catholic couple Cynthia Louise Germanotta and Joseph Germanotta. Natali and Lady Gaga (Stefani) grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where they both attended 'Convent of the Sacred Heart,' a private girls’ school.
Unlike Gaga, who was more interested in music, Natali had always shown her inclination toward arts. She excelled in performing arts and fine arts. By her senior year, Natali had designed her graduation gown, which was a new number featuring a graduation cap on the sleeve.
As a teen, Natali designed the costumes for the ‘off-Broadway’ show 'Simon Says,' which was released in the autumn of 2011.
Encouraged by her parents, who supported her early artwork, Natali decided to join a fashion school. She joined 'Parsons the New School for Design' in New York City in 2010. In 2014, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in fashion designing.
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Natali made a cameo appearance as a prison inmate in Gaga's music video for the song 'Telephone' in 2010. That year, she interned under designer Allison Parris in the Greater New York City area. Her project consisted of designing costumes for 'Simon Says.'
In 2011, an announcement stated that Natali would release a range of vintage-style outfits. The range was in contradiction to her edgy personal style and was said to be “relatively normal and wearable,” as reported by 'Grazia' magazine that year. Gaga's personal designer, Nicola Formichetti, hinted at Natali's upcoming project through a "tweet."
It was Gaga's idea to remodel the styles of classic icons from the past, such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn, which became the base for Natali's upcoming project. She, of course, gave a twist to it by fusing vintage style and contemporary, quirky elements.
It was rumored that the collection would feature a rubber version of Marilyn Monroe's iconic white halterneck dress from the classic hit 'Some Like it Hot' and Audrey Hepburn's trademark shift dress (redesigned with a plunging neckline). However, there was no official confirmation of the collaboration.
From 2015 to 2017, Natali worked as the product development and production manager for designer Brandon Maxwell. Since 2017, she has been working as an in-house designer for 'Lanotta Studio.' She was Gaga's designer in her 2017 documentary 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' and the 2018 musical romantic drama film 'A Star Is Born.'
Natali not only designs outfits but also takes an interest in styling. She displays her fashion sense during her rare public appearances. For one of her 'Grammy' appearances, Natali chose a little lace trapeze dress from the label ‘Allison Parris,’ which she contrastingly styled up with leather and hardware.
Shortly after her graduation from 'Parsons the New School for Design,' one of the designer pieces from Natali's thesis collection was featured in 'Harper's Bazaar' in September 2014. The piece was hand-picked by French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and was later worn by her older sister. The thesis collection was actually part of Natali’s fashion school project for obtaining a degree.
Gaga's personal favorite from Natali's thesis collection was the handmade white coat that she used for her 'Mother Monster' photo shoot.
Natali worked on Gaga's costumes for the 'Artpop’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek' world tour in 2014. Natali collaborated with designer Perry Meek to design the gorgeous pink dress with a massive bow for Gaga's 'La Vie En Rose' performance at the 'Hollywood Bowl' in 2015.
Natali and Gaga collaborated to design the doll for “tweens” called the 'Zomby Gaga,' which was part of the 'Monster High' doll range of the toy company 'Mattel.' The dolls they created were zombie versions of Gaga. Gaga announced the 'Monster High' dolls during the launch of her fifth studio album, 'Joanne.'
Family & Personal Life
Natali's parents have Italian ancestry and also have distant French–Canadian roots. Her father is an Internet entrepreneur and restaurateur, while her mother is a philanthropist and business executive. Natali's mother and Gaga are the founding members of the non-profit organization 'Born This Way Foundation,' and their father serves on the board of directors of the same organization.
Among Natali's rare public appearances, the most recent one was at the red carpet of the 2019 'Academy Awards.'
Gaga once showed up at Natali's high-school graduation, at a church in the middle of the afternoon, in her usual out-of-the box attire. She wore a flesh-colored unitard dress with embellished rhinestone work, teamed with a beekeeper-inspired black mesh headpiece. Though Natali's teachers did not like Gaga's gesture because of her weird sense of style, they did not know that it was Natali's idea in the first place.
Natali shared a social-media post to pay tribute to Lady Gaga's horse, Arabella. She has a pet lizard, which she once featured in a 'Teen Vogue' photo shoot.
Natali calls Gaga "Stefi," which is short for “Stefani,” Gaga’s original name.