Designer To The Stars
Designer to the stars' back-ups: Galindo carves out second career with eye-catching costumes
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."