Designer To The Stars

Designer to the stars' back-ups: Galindo carves out second career with eye-catching costumes

Designer to the stars' back-ups: Galindo's eye-catching costumes

Adam Lambert dancers wearing Cesar Galindo costumes
Cesar Galindo designed the costumers for the dancers who performed with Adam Lambert at the Logo Trailblazer awards. adamlambertmedia.com
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Cesar Galindo hugs model at the end of the runway show for his Czar by Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection. Photo by © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo dresses Madonna's boyfriend
Galindo dressed Madonna's friends, right, for her gypsy-themed birthday party based on inspiration photo, left. Courtesy photo
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Czar by Cesar Galindo floral gown with plunging V-neck. Photo by © Froylan Flowers
Justin Timberlake at MTV Music Video Awards August 2013 Cesar Galindo's red costumes for backup dancers
Galindo dressed the back-up dancers for Justin Timberlake's performance at the VMA Awards in 2013. Photo by © Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Entertainment
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Czar by Cesar Galindo fringe gown closed his spring 2016 runway show. Photo by © Froylan Flowers
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Czar by Cesar Galindo yellow gown is a spring eye-catcher. Photo by © Froylan Flowers
Adam Lambert dancers wearing Cesar Galindo costumes
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Cesar Galindo dresses Madonna's boyfriend
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Justin Timberlake at MTV Music Video Awards August 2013 Cesar Galindo's red costumes for backup dancers
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection
Cesar Galindo spring 2016 collection

Cesar Galindo is always on the move.

Even while preparing to present his spring 2016 Czar by Cesar Galindo collection at the Latinista fashion show during New York Fashion Week, the Houston-raised fashion designer was busy on what's become a second career: Creating eye-catching costumes for back-up dancers to major stars like Justin Timberlake and Adam Lambert.

He also came up with a costume for Madonna's much younger boyfriend and his twin brother for the singer's gypsy-themed 57th birthday bash. "She sent me inspiration books and I mimicked the look on them," he said.

And he has designed custom clothes for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett. "I love her," he says about the rocker. "It will be a lifelong relationship."

Galindo was called upon to quickly create costumes for Lambert's back-up dancers when the singer performed the hit "Ghost Town" and received a top award at Logo TV's second annual Trailblazer Honors in New York. The designer whipped up revealing black and white pants and crop tops for the male and female dancers and band members in a couple of days.

"As a designer, I have to listen, interpret and deliver," Galindo said. "These sidebar assignment take me outside the box. Fashion is such a cookie cutter business. It's exciting but its routine, so when I get these (assignments), I like it."

But his main job remains his Czar collection. For spring 2016, he created a "hippie chic" collection of tie-dye dresses (some with built-in hoodies), colorful gowns dripping with fringe, cute crop tops and shorts in sequins or floral patterns, and boho maxi-dresses with crocheted lace cover-ups.

"I'm channeling Janis Joplin in a modern way," Galindo said. "If Janis were alive today, I think she would be wearing these clothes."