Gareth Pugh is an English fashion designer. He currently lives and works in Paris, at 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the National Youth Theatre. He started his education at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003. He interned with Rick Owens in Paris, Pugh had only four weeks, with no studio, no assistants, and little money, to create the collection. His collection ended up a success and attracted significant attention to his designs. Pughs solo premiere was in Londons Fall 2006 fashion week, he has showed his Spring 2007. Pughs shows have continued to draw critical praise, british Vogue, for instance, called his Spring 2007 collection an incredible, unmissable show and said that his genius is undeniable. Anna Wintour is a supporter of Pughs designs. Kylie Minogue has used many of Pughs designs over the recent years, most famously in her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour, Minogue has been seen wearing the same dress in her 2008 video for her single In My Arms. Beyoncé wore Pugh at the MTV Europe Awards in 2008, singer Lady Gaga wore a jacket designed by Pugh at the Wango Tango concert in 2009, another piece on X Factor and most recently to her ARTPOP premier at ArtRave. Ashlee Simpson wore a leather and clear plastic striped Gareth Pugh dress in her video Outta My Head, Pugh was awarded the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award in 2008. In 2010, Gareth Pugh has opened his first boutique in Hong Kong, Pugh was mentioned in a song by Kazaky, a Ukrainian dance music group. In 2014, the fashion journalist and stylist Katie Grand was invited by the Fashion Museum, Bath and she chose one of Gareth Pughs ensembles, a wrapped outfit in calico and plastic sheeting. Klaus Nomi has also suggested as an influence on Pugh. Pughs collections are autobiographical rather than referential, and draw inspiration from Britains extreme club scene, Pughs trademark is his experimentation with form and volume. He often uses nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures to distort the body almost beyond recognition. Pugh describes his designs as being about the struggle between lightness and darkness, though he has received significant acclaim in contemporary fashion circles, Pugh claimed in March 2007 that he had yet to sell a single dress and that he struggled to make ends meet. While constructing his autumn 2005 debut collection, shown in the Fashion East group show and he says his current studio is unheated and has only two electrical outlets
Pugh in 2007
Pugh's trademark inflated clothing.
Pugh's Spring 2007 collection also featured somewhat more wearable clothing, like this dress.