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Edited by on July 11 2011 at 4:07 PM

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have fought Nicole Ritchie for these clothes. Lady Gaga demanded they be in her music video. Barney’s clients were lusting over them before they were even on the rack. Prisoners were wearing these before anyone. Wait, what? Yes, LA based designer Raquel Allegra has created these very garments. Using meticulously sifted clothing from massive rag warehouses, she uses her own brand of deconstruction to turn old t-shirts into cloud-like textiles that drape like butter. Find out her secrets, and what it was like to make Mother Monster “lose her shit” over her designs.

INTERVIEW: Designer Raquel Allegra Makes Gaga Lose Her Sh*t

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Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.

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