After the Grammy Nominations concert, Gaga took the Clive Davis Theater stage for an intimate concert benefitting the Grammy Museum’s Education Initiative.
The fabulously constructed black neoprene and heavy-bonded satin dress she wore for this occasion…
… belongs to Hogan McLaughlin Spring 2012 “Kaidan” collection.
This is how Hogan describes the inspiration behind his first entirely handmade collection: “A mysterious spectre or apparition, these vengeful ghosts, often women, become more powerful after death, and will usually conjure the element of water as a ghostly motif, as it is a pathway to the underworld in Japanese religion”.
Every piece from Hogan McLaughlin Spring 2012 “Kaidan” collection is custom made to order.
Hogan began drawing and dancing at age two. After joining the contemporary ballet company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, at age 16, he had the opportunity to tour internationally and work with some of the world’s top artists and choreographers. A couple of year ago he decided to focus on his career in visual art working in large-scale ink pieces (some reaching 9 feet tall). Until earlier this year when he met Daphne Guiness who instantly fell in love with his drawings and ink on paper illustrations and changed his career path (a beautiful story you can read more about on Hogan’s site)!
The years of touring as a dancer helped Hogan understand of how a garment has to move with the body and he chose to discover his own techniques for creating art and fashion, developing his own vision rather than submitting to formal training. He considers fashion an art, often spending over 100 hours to craft a single garment by hand.