Edit: an earlier version of this piece made it sound like Di$count Univer$e directly called Bcalla a plagiarist. This is incorrect. It was instead commenters and users on Instagram who have taken to doing so, not DU. We apologize for the confusion and error.
Yesterday—well, actually, Sunday night—NYLON had an incredible opportunity to interview Brad Callahan, a young, queer designer who has been making a name in New York City nightlife, dressing stars like Azealia Banks, RuPaul's Drag Race runner-up Pearl (in fact, a lot of RPDR stars), and Instagram stars galore. We spoke to Callahan, who designs under BCalla, about working with Miley Cyrus and her stylist Simone Harouche for the now-infamous performance, creating 30 costumes for former RuPaul's Drag Drace contestants (and now celebrities) and Miley —an astonishing 31 looks in total. He shared the sketches for the queens with me, and they looked reminiscent to his older work featuring airbrushed melting faces, monsters with their tongues out, and big, bulging eyes onto outfits—like this one from Lady Gaga, or this editorial in Galore from earlier in the year.
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I can assure you that the dancers for Miley's performance were very, very Bcalla, from the quilting, the black-and-white trims, the 3-D elements, the heavy usage of latex, and the color palette. The all-seeing eye is something he incorporated into his last collection, and the monster vibe is something we've seen from him for the past two years, at least. He is immersed deeply in queer and nightlife culture and having said that—he was the right person for this gig that celebrated gay culture.
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