Gareth Pugh: Light And Dark

Gareth Pugh is a young English fashion designer who currently works and lives in Paris. Pugh's work is known for his experimentation with form and volume and his "wearable sculptures" include and feature plastic materials. Pugh describes his designs as being about the struggle between lightness and darkness. "Pugh's collections are autobiographical rather than referential and draw inspiration from Britain's extreme club scene. He often uses nonsensically shaped, wearable elements 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.