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Richard Gallo


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Known for corporeal art, provocative performances in public spaces, avant- garde theater, and psychogeography. Wardrobe included leather executioner’s masks, silver lamé jumpsuits, green Halloween wigs, motorcycle boots, leopard-print bodysuits, costumes with hundreds of yards of chiffon. Sources claim that Michael Jackson co-opted his single white sequined glove from Gallo, who often wore one at Studio 54 and during his performances, that the design for Darth Vader’s helmet was inspired by similar headgear Gallo wore regularly in the early ‘70s, and that Gallo had a garment tailored from a roll of felt gifted to him by admirer Joseph Beuys. Frequented Studio 54, Central Park, the perfume counter at Bloomingdales, Mudd Club, the New York Public Library steps, Rockefeller Center, Tiffany & Co. 5th Ave., fashion shows, The Frick, The Kitchen. Influenced by New York City fashion, Ubu Roi, Dada, Theatre of Cruelty, the Situationists, Joseph Beuys and Fluxus, The Living Theatre, Allan Kaprow’s Happenings, Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, ‘70s experimental theater, Sid Vicious, Maria Callas, Tom Waits, Nico, The Rolling Stones. Check out more on instagram
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