Pam Hogg

Elizabeth Glendinning

Designer Biography

DOI: 10.5040/9781474260428-FPA079

Born in Scotland, the fashion designer, musician, and filmmaker Pam Hogg was encouraged by her Spiritualist parents in her creativity and inventiveness from a young age. Hogg studied fine art and printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London, where she gained an MA.

On moving to London, Hogg would frequent the notorious Blitz club, for which she would create flamboyant ensembles to gain entrance. She launched her debut collection in 1981 and it was stocked in the cult London boutique Hyper Hyper, where between 1985 and 1989 she showed as part of its collective. In 1989 Hogg opened her first outlet on Newburgh Street, just off Carnaby Street, London, an area synonymous with style innovation and fashion rebellion. This was the same year she featured on the cover of i-D magazine.

Hogg produced and directed her own London Fashion Week shows for six seasons until she made the transition from fashion to music in 1992. Her first band, Doll, supported Debbie Harry of Blondie on tour in the early 1990s. A later band, Hoggdoll, was formed in 2003. In 1999 Hogg directed a fashion film called Accelerator, which starred the Italian model and actress Anita Pallenberg and Bobbie Gillespie of the rock band Primal Scream. The choice of cast reflects Hogg’s eclectic and creative group of peers, which includes musician Siouxsie Sioux.

In 2006 she was invited to participate in a traveling art exhibition and showcase her art alongside works by Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol. “Switch on Power” inspired Hogg’s subsequent return to fashion.

February 2009 saw Hogg return to London Fashion Week and present a collection of trademark catsuits and body-con dresses under the label Hogg Couture. In May of the same year, Hogg returned to Newburgh Street with a pop-up boutique stocking her clothing, archive pieces, and a range of Pam Hogg crockery.

Her 2012 and 2013 collections have continued to project a controversial and liberating aesthetic, where futuristic and fetishist, skintight materials mix with bold color, bondage, nudity, and large sculptural pieces. Hogg declares: “I love giving power to women and I feel my clothes allow freedom.”

Pam Hogg lives and works in London.

Pam Hogg, F/W 1991 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

Pam Hogg, Spring/Summer 1992 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

References and Further Reading

Culture Now: Pam Hogg in Conversation with Gregor Muir.” ICA, 2 November 2012. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-pam-hogg-conversation-gregor-muir .

Pam Hogg. Website. http://www.pamhogg.com .

Find in Library Shaitly Shahesta. ““Pam Hogg: This Much I Know”.” The Guardian , 18 May 2013 .

Find in Library Yaeger Lynn. ““Back to the Future: Iconic 80s Designer Pam Hogg Opens Her Archive”.” Vogue , May 2012.