DEFEND YOURSELF!: CASEY DESMOND
Gearing up for Space Candy, her fashion world debut, we catch up with singer-songwriter Casey Desmond to talk space age jumpsuits and psychedelic spandex. She's been sewing all morning.
What are you making?
This piece is from vintage spandex that I found in LA and it's really, really bizarre. It's rainbow and checkered and I'm going to make a body suit with big, puffy shoulder pads and lots of color. That's pretty much the gist of the show. It all has that futuristic, space feel.
You've always made your own stage clothes. What got you started?
I wanted to wear something that no one else in the world had and I wanted to express who I am colorfully and visually—not just through my music. I'm all about performance. I got invited to this Rock 'n Roll fashion show and I made a piece for the stage. Ever since, I haven't wanted to wear anything but handmade stuff.
What inspires your clothing line, OHDEERGOD?
I totally sound like a hippie but I'll go up to the mountains and draw pictures of animals and trees. There's a huge psychedelic element to my fashion. I'm also a big fan of Pam Hogg—she was really big in the '80s and she had a comeback with these crazy space suits and it was the kind of stuff I'd been drawing. It made me feel like I could go forward with stuff.
Where do you get your fabrics?
A lot of the fabrics are old spandex—like, "Oh, look at this bathing suit—I'm going to cut some shit out of it!" Fabrics aren't the same as they used to be. Things are kind of boring now and they also fall apart easily. I'm trying to figure out how to print on spandex because I want to make my own spandex designs.
What can we expect for the show?
It's going to be over the top.