Here are some excerpts from a Gareth Pugh interview in Vice’s Annual Fashion Issue on Rick Owens that we found interestingâ€¦
GP: “I donâ€™t really have a cultish group of people into my stuff the way Rick does. He takes something and rips it apart. Heâ€™s more dragged through a hedge, and I like polishing something and making it as shiny as it possible…Iâ€™m closer to his wife, Michelle. He always describes himself as the distant, stern father figure and she is like the overgenerous mother. Sheâ€™s very critical about what I do, which I like. Itâ€™s good to have someone who doesnâ€™t always give you unadulterated praise.”
“I donâ€™t know where [his famous light-up dress] is. I like that itâ€™s just dissolved into the ether. That show was a huge stress. I actually had to lie down on the floor backstage at one point because I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Legally, Casey Spooner could only model it if he signed a death waiver.”
“I worked with a blogger called dirtyflaws and she told me she didnâ€™t really care about fashion until she saw my show. I might not have believed her if she hadnâ€™t shown me the tattoo she had of one of my designs on her arm. Itâ€™s nice to feel that Iâ€™m doing something that goes beyond the environment itâ€™s created in and that makes somebody think differently about something.”
“I never buy clothes, so I donâ€™t really have a choice when it comes to what I wear. I am very lucky to be able to pull a lot of Rick Owens and steal some of my stuff from the factory. But other than that I buy H&M hoodies and Topshop jeans. But I do have this very northern British thing about wanting to really dress up when I go out. Iâ€™m not trying to be a woman, itâ€™s just really nice to feel like a different personâ€”put a bit of slap on and make yourself look ten years younger.”
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