Spotlight : Mikey Ngo
This honey boo boo child, Mikey Ngo caught my eye a couple weeks back when I was hashtag searching #ladygaga through instagram. This custom biker jacket came up that Lady Gaga was wearing. From there, I wanted to find the source of who was in charge of this creation.
I’m fabulously honored to feature and shine some spotlight on Mikey Ngo this week. Can’t wait to collaborate, create a custom piece made by Mikey and meet up in LA sometime soon for sickening photoshoot! Read and learn below drag and queens.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, where your from and how did you get into what your doing now?
Hello everyone! My name is Michael Ngo (a.k.a. Mikey Ngo or @imNGO). I’m 26 years old, born and raised in San Jose, California and have been living in Los Angeles for the past five years. I’m currently working at a denim-based fashion boutique on Melrose Place as well as simultaneously pursuing my BA in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Los Angeles.
I’ve been surround by art and fashion all my life and have always had a creative spirit inside me, but I didn’t realize how much I loved the craft of design until Halloween of 2009 when I made a replica of Lady Gaga’s mirrored “Paparazzi” outfit from “The Fame Ball” and having Mother Monster, herself, tell me that I was “fuckin’ talented!” after seeing it. I embraced that new creativity energy and have been creating and designing fashion pieces and outfits ever since.
How do you spot trends and where do you draw inspiration from?
Fashion Magazines! I love and obsess over the process of purchasing the newest issues of V Mag, Elle, Vanity Fair, GQ, Flaunt, and all the Vogue’s, and spending hours on hours ravaging through them—picking apart every detail and construction and every seam and dart!
Also, as cliché as it may sound, I really pay close attention the to world and the people around me. I keep an “Inspiration” photo album on my iPhone camera roll where I capture and save images of anything and everything that sparks my interest from real-life, the internet, and social networks. For instance, I’ll be out and about and notice a color or texture I really like and take a picture of it or I’ll be in bed forcing myself to fall sleep but can’t because I’m consumed by a social media app like Instagram or Pintrest then I’ll see someone post amazing and I’ll save or screenshot it so I can reinterpret it later on.
Lastly from my friends & peers. I’m so blessed & fortunate to be surrounded by extremely talented stylists, designers, photographers, artists, dancers, and drag queens that constantly inspire me to get to the next level and keep me on my toes. The possibilities are endless when we share our talents and bounce our creative energy off of each other and I know we’ll have cross-collaborations of epic proportions in the future.
Does your work reflect your personal fashion taste? Can you describe your style?
Yes. My work and personal fashion both share the same dynamic of having a clean elementary foundation ,like black skinny jeans, or a simple black hourglass silhouette dress, but depending on my mood or inspiration of the moment, I’ll tailor the look to convey that feeling by adding something fun, like a studded belt or rhinestones. My overall personal aesthetic, just like mentioned, is usually very clean and minimalistic but with a flare of design.
My personal style ranges anywhere from industrial grunge and urban prep to GQ-swag and wannabe hipster. I love the color scheme of Black & White and tonal colors, with textures of denim and leather, and accents of anything metallic or shiny.
What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest achievement to date is having designed three custom jackets (the “Cross Studded Biker Jacket”, the “Monster Studded Varsity Jacket” and the “Crystal Liberation Jacket”) for Lady Gaga, personally giving them to her and hearing her say “I love that jacket!”, “Look how well made it is! It’s impressive…this is very well made. I know when a garment is well-made and this one is!” and once again she told me “You are fucking talented!”
Hearing those words straight from her mouth makes me feel so accomplished as an individual and as an artist, not only because of my affinity for her music and her message (individuality, loving yourself and “Born This Way”), but because she is also my muse, a huge fashion inspiration, and the catalyst that affirmed I was “on the right track” to my career in design.
Gaga was photographed in the “Biker Studded Jacket” multiple times in the summer of 2011—once meeting fans before a show, another backstage with Steven Tyler before her performance on American Idol, and lastly candidly strutting the NYC streets paired with pieces from Chanel and Versace.
A more recent piece of work I’m extremely proud of are some behind the scenes photos from a BTFL editorial photoshoot of Rick Genest, a.k.a. Zombie Boy, modeling my “Freedom Cap” that I originally designed for The Born This Way Ball.
What kind of fabrics/ do you like to use or would you like to work more with?
I love to work heavy and structured fabrics like leather and denim because they’re both great foundations for any kind of craft or embellishment like studs or crystals. I’m currently in the process of working with soft-hand and sheer fabrics that flow and drape well like mesh and chiffon—I’m a bit obsessed with the witchcraft trend at the moment.
Who’s the most influential fashion icon for you at the moment?
Lady “Mother-Fucking” Gaga. The bitch is EVERYTHING. I don’t think I need to explain this one.
Aside from designing, what other things do you do?
Before I began designing, dance and performing arts was my main my creative outlet. I love to dance and I had originally moved to LA to pursue a career in dance entertainment, unfortunately it wasn’t right for me. I still dance all the time though…just not in a studio anymore. You can find me doing hand and arm choreography while in my car stuck in horrific LA traffic; or practicing my twerking abilities when I’m at work and there aren’t any clients in my store; and vogueing while I blast heavy baselines while I’m working on a project in the design studio. Dance is in my blood, but design conquers my heart.