ABOUT

i-D November 2010 wrote “Pam Hogg is a legendary fashion designer, rockstar and artist who appeared on the cover of The RAW Issue of I-D in 1989. Pam has supported Debbie Harry and The Pogues, is friends with Siouxie Sioux and Bobby Gillespie, and has had her fabulous fashions worn by everyone from Kylie to Rihanna. Scottish born and bred, Pam cuts a striking dash wherever she treads, is a fabulous raconteur, great fun and an incredible talent.”

Pam Hogg studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where she won the Newbury Medal of Distinction, the Frank Warner Memorial Medal, the Leverhulme Scholarship and the Royal Society of Arts Bursary, which subsequently took her on to further study at the Royal College of Art in London, where she gained her Masters of Art degree.

Self taught in making clothes from an early age, she caught the attention of clubland in the late seventies and early eighties heralding a new area of development which led to a career in fashion. Her creations were immediately embraced by the popular magazines of the time. She was photographed for ID, BLITZ and The Face, and soon became a vital key in the emerging fashion talent as London was named the innovative fashion capital of the world. Her first collections sold to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Joseph in London, Bloomingdales, Bendels and Charivari in New York and independent boutiques in Paris, Italy and Tokyo.

Pam Hogg’s first catwalk show was with the collective ”Hyper Hyper’ in 1985. Pam and her collections gained immediate press attention.  In 1989, “Warrior  Queen”, her  fiercely titled sixth and final group show won her the cover of ID magazine. She left Hyper Hyper that same year and relocated to a small self contained shop parallel to Carnaby Street in the heart of Soho. She continued to create, produce and direct her own London Fashion Week Catwalk Shows for a further six seasons. Her clients ranged from Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux to Bijork, Kylie Minogue and Paula Yates.

Pam’s one man show at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries in 1990 was the first fashion design exhibition to be held in the Glasgow Museum. In 1991, Terry Wogan  introduced  her onto the show as  “one of the  most original, inventive, creative designers in Britain” adding,  “She has reached what is called Cult  Status”.

In 1992 Pam Hogg changed course once more and returned to music. Her band Doll opened for Blondie in 1993 and the Raincoats in 1994.

Between 1999 and 2001 her continued love of designing and making clothes resulted in two catwalk collections and her first Fashion Film “Accelerator” starring Anita Pallenberg, Bobby Gillespie, Patti Palladin and Pam herself.  She also clinched cameo roles from Daryl Hanna, David Soul and Primal Scream towards the end of 2002, having found a voice in script writing and film directing.

Inspired by Siouxsie Sioux’s Japanese concept, Pam Hogg designed the costumes for the Ice Queen of  Punk’s 2004 world tour ‘Dreamshow’. In 2006, the Spanish curator Xavier Arakistain invited Pam to exhibit in the travelling Art exhibition “Switch on the Power” alongside Yoko Ono, Warhol, Leigh Bowery and Kraftwerk. This allowed her return to the video medium, producing and co directing two promos incorporating her clothes and music. She cast a host of friends including Siouxsie Sioux and Alison Mosshart from the Kills to appear alongside her in the new twin collections inspired by sparkling metals and reflective surfaces.

The resulting videos ‘Opel Eyes’ and ‘Electricman’ were viewed by a whole new unexpected audience via youtube and myspace as well as the exhibition itself. This direct access and exposure regenerated a new found interest in Pam’s work and pushed her back into the spotlight resulting in media attention from magazines including Vogue and ID.

In 2007, Kylie Minogue appeared in Pam’s black mesh metal studded cat suit in her 2 Hearts Video, Naomi Campbell modelled a Pam Hogg lycra and snakeskin printed leather catsuit in Vogue while Siouxsie Sioux wore numerous distinctive Pam Hogg signature cat suits throughout her 2008 tour and appearance on Later with Joolz Holland.  During the show, Pam was interviewed and announced her imminent return to fashion.

In October 2008, the prestigious Fashion store Browns of South Molton St London, was the first to stock the new Hogg-Couture collection. She was further asked to dress their widows for Halloween, an honour rarely given to one designer. Katie Grand’s new magazine LOVE, launched during London Fashion Week in February 2009 with a fashion feature over several pages styled by Joe McKenna solely featuring Pam’s new collection. One of the images was used for the magazine’s advertisement in both Italian Vogue and French Vogue.

Pam Hogg’s well awaited return to fashion in 2009 was greeted with a standing ovation and high praise from the uppermost echelons of the fashion world. Her signature cat suits were modelled by Daisy Lowe, Jamie Winstone, Alice Dellal and Liberty Ross who all came out to support her. The collection entitled “The Time Machine” also showed a brand new vision of  unexpected delicate finale Couture pieces.

In the summer of 2009 Pam Hogg received a lifetime achievement award by the Scottish Fashion Council. It was presented to her in Stirling Castle by Siouxsie Sioux, while Debbie Harry paid tribute via New York City.

Running from December 2009 to the end of January 2010 the Glasgow art gallery SWG3 presented an archive exhibition of Pam Hogg’s work. It showcased her films and videos including an interview conducted by Bella Freud filmed directly after Pam’s runway show.

Two pages in December Vogue 2010 are devoted to supermodels Claudia Chiffer and Eddie Campbell wearing Pam Hogg.

Cover story December Vogue 2011, is shot by Mario Testino with supermodel Gisele wearing Pam Hogg full colour lycra and leather leggings.

In 2011, Pam styled and Art Directed her first fashion film “To Kingdom Come”. It debuted during ASVOF’s film festival at The Pompidou Centre in Paris, and was shown at the Glasgow Film Theatre and The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.

In 2012 A retrospective of Pam’s work both in a seperate exhibition and runway show was presented at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival. In November of the same year she was presented with a Great Scott award along with Andrew Marr and Trevor Sorbie.

In 2012 and 2013 she gave talks and showed her work via screen projections at the ICA in London and the Tate in St Ives respectively.

In September 2013, alongside selected garments from Alexander McQueen and Gaultier,  Pam’s finale Fan Dress and Head Cage from her S.O. S collection S/S13 was chosen for  the World of Chess exhibition in St Louis. Pam’s exhibit was first displayed in Christies in NY and became the cover of the brochure for  both Christies and subsequent World Chess related press and poster campaigns.

Running from April 2013 till February 2014 three Pam Hogg Archive Pieces are displayed at the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition.

Yoko Ono Meltdown April 2013 . Pam designed and made interchanging outfits for Siouxsie Sioux’s double sold out performances. Both Siouxsie and Peaches wore Archive Pam Hogg for the final evening on stage with Yoko. Pam DJed in the RFH Ballroom on the opening night’s Silent Disco.

May 2013  Interview for the Observer’s weekly column “This Much I know”.

October 2013 Pam Hogg won an award for Creative Excellence by the Scottish Fashion Council.

November 2013 Interview for the Independents weekly “My Life in Travel” section.

December 2013 Pam Hogg online shop opened.  pamhoggshop.com

March 2014 Pam Hogg talk at the V&A.

Pam Hogg: 1980s Club Fashion to 21st Century Pop Princesses (non members)

May 2014. V&A . Pam Hoggs contravercial wedding dress for Lady Mary Charteris goes on display in the Wedding Gowns exhibition running from May until March.

Pam Hogg continues to create direct and style her collections which are show twice yearly during London’s Fashion Weeks.

Supporters of Pam Hogg at LFW include, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Siouxsie Sioux, Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Bobby Gillespie, Jaime Winston, Stephen Jones, Nick Rhodes, Alison Mosshart, Gareth Pugh, Judy Blame, Suzanne Bartsch, Kate Nash.

Her collections are frequently requested by Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Rhianna and Beyonce.

About Pam Hogg

Photograph by Nick Knight