When did you first realize that fashion can be used as a form of self-expression?
It has to be when I first saw David Bowie perform ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on the TV programme ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ as a child. He came on stage and I couldn’t tell if he was a man or a woman. I remember thinking, “Who is that?” I recognized that he was a real artist.
Did you ever get to meet Bowie?
In passing. I was at The Mudd Club—a nightclub in Tribeca from 1978-1983—years later standing at the bar, and I heard someone next to me say, “Excuse me, I’m trying to get a drink.” It was him. I immediately thought, “okay, that’s David Bowie. I need to keep my cool.” Nothing else mattered in that moment.