Designer creates new smile for Lady Gaga: ‘Gaga wants teeth’

Kwala Mandel
The Difference

On Wednesday, Lady Gaga premiered a "director's cut" of her Paris Fashion Week film with Thierry Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti. In it, Lady Gaga transforms herself with the help of some pigtails and very unusual false teeth. What is being called her "diamond" smile -- a gap-toothed grin created from two marquis shaped Swarovski crystals -- was the result of a last-minute scramble.

"I got a phone call: 'Gaga wants teeth,'" says Otazu jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu, who had worked with Lady Gaga earlier that week to accessorize her outfit to meet President Obama (look below for a rarely- seen photo of what she wore that "intimidated" him). "I had been asked for many things, but not for teeth and I only had a weekend to do it."

Otazu scrambled to fashion several models of teeth. The alternatives included a set with pave crystals, another with filigree crystals and one made out of crystal hearts "that looked too much like a vampire." The one-of-a-kind creations are priceless and all of Lady Gaga's false teeth are now stored in Otazu's bedside table. The sparkle, however, is always Swarovski crystal and not diamond.

"Lady Gaga doesn't like diamonds. She doesn't know where they come from and she cares about humans so she says she doesn't want them," says Otazu, who has accessorized her for everything from red carpets to Yankee games. She paired his jewelry with her famous meat dress at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"The idea for that meat dress was born during a shoot for Japan 'Vogue' and we decided to escalate it and make it more dramatic," says Otazu, who has archived many of their collaborations on his Facebook page.

While Lady Gaga generally forges her own path, he says she mentions fashion inspirations like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. "When she went to see President Obama, she was wearing one of my necklaces and earrings and she looked like the character from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.'"

Otazu is currently planning his next creation with Lady Gaga, who has yet to stump him with a request. "There is no such thing as impossible. If we can make diamond teeth in a weekend, it is possible," he says. "As long as I have 24 hours."

Lady Gaga is sure to sparkle at the upcoming "Decade of Difference" concert, benefiting the charitable work of former President Bill Clinton. Watch it live only on Yahoo! starting at 7 p.m. PT on October 15.