Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Designer, Gareth Pugh

The experimental designer began making costumes at 14 and has partnered with Michèle Lamy to enhance his commercial viability.

United Kingdom Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014


Vital statistics

  • United Kingdom Designers
  • 31 August 1981 Born
  • United Kingdom Nationality
  • United Kingdom Location
  • Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design Education


British designer Gareth Pugh landed his first fashion publication feature in 2003 when a design from his graduate collection for Central Saint Martins was selected for the cover of cult British youth magazine Dazed & Confused. Renowned for his fantastical and futuristic design aesthetic, Pugh has garnered an elite following from influential industry insiders such as Anna Wintour and in 2011 was selected to guest present at the prestigious Pitti Immagine showcase in Florence, where he presented a special collection via a video installation produced in collaboration with Ruth Hogben.

The talented designer was also awarded the prestigious Andam award in 2008 in recognition of his rising prominence within the fashion industry. Pugh opened his first boutique in Hong Kong in 2010 and is also stocked in prominent international stores such as Side by Side in Japan, Opening Ceremony in New York and Dover Street Market in London.

Pugh began his career as a teenager working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theatre. Having attended the City of Sunderland College, where he began his formal fashion education, Pugh completed his studies at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2003. Following his cover on Dazed & Confused, Pugh was selected to participate in reality TV show ‘Fashion House’, but he left before production ended. Having caught the attention of Fashion East organisers following a showcase at an Alternative Fashion Week held at London nightclub Kashpoint, Pugh made his London Fashion Week debut alongside other budding designers in Autumn 2005. The collection received praise from critics and attracted significant press attention. This foray secured the emerging designer a sponsorship from the Topshop-sponsored NEWGEN program.


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