Pam Hogg’s meteoric rise to fame began soon after the completion of her studies. Initially studying Fine Art and Printed Textiles 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, she went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, where she gained her Masters of Art degree.
Mid-eighties, still fuelled by the excitement and freedom of Punk and “The Blitz”, she infiltrated the elitist ranks of the conventional fashion world with her self-taught wild brand of outrageous creations, establishing a highly respected fashion career and continued success with her internationally renowned shop in the heart of London’s Soho. 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 collection gained immediate press attention. In 1989, “Warrior Queen”, her fiercely titled sixth and final group show propelled her onto the cover of ID magazine. She left Hyper Hyper that same year and relocated to a small self-contained shop parallel to Carnaby Street. She continued to create produce and direct her own London Fashion Week Catwalk Shows for a further six seasons, and in 1992 Pam Hogg slipped out of the fashion business as easily as she had conquered it.
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 and Patti Palladin. She also clinched cameo roles from Daryl Hanna, David Soul and Primal Scream towards the end of 2002, having discovered a latent talent for script writing and 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, Andy Warhol, Leigh Bowery and Kraftwerk. This allowed her return to the video medium, producing and 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.
Worn by admirers Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Rhianna, her next six collections “Goddess at War” S/S 2010, “Valley of the Shadow of Darkness” A/W 2010, “To Kingdom Come” S/S 20 11, “Far from the Madding Crowd” A/W 2011, “Notre Dames” S/S12 (her debut Paris show) and her latest A/W12 “Wild Life “continue to excite and inspire. In 2011, the first fashion film styled and art directed by Pam Hogg had its debut at ASVOF at The Pompidou Centre in Paris and later in The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.
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