Gareth Pugh and volumes

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Gareth Pugh (1981), fashion designer.

Pugh began working as a costume designer for the National Youth Theatre. He started his fashion education at City of Sunderland College and inished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003. He interned with Rick Owens in Paris.

Pugh’s trademark is his experimentation with form and volume. He often uses “nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures” to “distort the human body almost beyond recognition.”

Elements in his designs include PVC inflated into voluminous coats, black and white patchwork squares, Perspex discs linked like chain mail, and shiny latex masks and leggings; he has used materials including mink, parachute silk, foam footballs, afro-weave synthetic hair, and electrically charged plastic in his clothing.

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