Lady Gaga more than just a poker face - fashion designer

Who is Ashley Isham's favorite fashion muse?
Singapore's Audi Fashion Festival kicks off   

One of Singapore's most famous fashion exports - Ashley Isham - told CNBC that when he met and dressed international pop star Lady Gaga, he thought she was "fantastic."

The Singapore-grown, London-based designer was back home for the Audi Fashion Festival 2014 taking place in the city state this week, showcasing his latest designs on the catwalk.

Isham has dressed a host of female celebrities, including the likes of Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera, Princess Zara Philips, Florence Welch and Lady Gaga.

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When he met Kylie Minogue, Isham told CNBC he was impressed by the Australian singer's kind and caring attitude.

"I really enjoyed working with Kylie Minogue and she's always been so kind, so sweet and so thoughtful," said Isham.

"For example when I first visited her I was very nervous, she asked me if she could get me a drink and I asked her for a glass of water, and she actually went to the kitchen herself to fetch me one when she has a PA (personal assistant) and a housekeeper but she personally gave it to me," he said.

Isham, who has lived in London since 1996, achieved his career breakthrough at London Fashion Week in 2003 after showing his Autumn/Winter 2003 collection.

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Models showcase design by Ashley Isham during the Audi Fashion Festival on day two at Tent at Orchard on May 15, 2014 in Singapore.
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Models showcase design by Ashley Isham during the Audi Fashion Festival on day two at Tent at Orchard on May 15, 2014 in Singapore.

When Zara Philips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, wore one of his designs to the Royal Ascot in 2002, he captured the attention of the international fashion crowd.

Asked what his impression was of Lady Gaga, when he dressed for her appearance of the U.K. talk show 'The Jonathan Ross Show' in 2009, Isham described her as "fantastic and fabulous."

"She's eccentric but at the same time she has her own character and individuality. It's so wonderful to work with people with their own style," he added.

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Isham's show at Singapore's sixth Audi Fashion Festival this week has received positive feedback, the designer said, with many people describing it as "dramatic."

"We wanted to create something that wasn't just a fashion show, where you go up and down, we wanted something more dramatic. So [in] the finale for example, all the models were falling off [the catwalk], nobody expected it," he said. "The show worked beautifully," he added.