I grew up with the fantasy of dressing rock. I would watch concerts, interviews and look at pictures of stars like Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison. I would imagine what it would be like to dress them in costumes for their concerts. At CSM, I looked around my dorm room and realised that most of the thing
s that surrounded me and that I collected were like a time capsule of 1970s rock & roll culture. Soon after that, I took the liberty of approaching a random student in the university hallway and asked if I could design an outfit for him and then photograph him as a rock legend. It turned out to be the first “aha” moment that I had as a designer. I look back at photos of that skinny Asian young man in a rock and roll mariachi outfit and smile.