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Michael Costiff & Harry Freegard

To say Michael Costiff is unimpressed by fashion right now would be an understatement. “I thought we’d be in space-age, spray-on jumpsuits by now, bouncing around in shoes we don’t have to walk in and whatnot,” he groans. “Instead it’s a sea of black, grey and navy wherever you go. You’d think things would be a bit more interesting than fucking navy in 2019!” GiventhatCostiffandhislatewife,Gerlinde,weresurrounded by the likes of Leigh Bowery and Vivienne Westwood as foundersandhostsoftheraucousKinkyGerlinkyclubnight in the early 90s, his disappointment is no surprise.

Offering salvation in a sea of basic neutrals is It girl and horrible boy Harry Freegard – the wildly imaginative,

DIY designer and image-maker with a penchant for pink lipstick, slinkysilkslipsandtheabsurd.“Idesignasareaction to the dull landscape that is fashion at the moment,” Freegard explains. “It’s completely selfish, really. I just want to make lovely things so that they exist, and to bring back some gorgeousness!” Naturally, he and Costiff have bumped into each other at many a soirée over the course of the last year. “I would see him all the time, bopping and boogying away, white locks flowing,” says Freegard. “Michael is a pioneer of all this – (his) parties birthed the looks we all reference to this day. British culture would have a great gaping hole were it not for Michael.”

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