Haus of CAMP
Lucas Circello introduces their first gender-neutral novelty evening wear collection titled: Haus of Camp - a deep sociological study centric to the LGBTQ+ community during the 1980's in New York, and an introspective reflection on the essence of identity and pride. In the 1980's, the AIDS epidemic was rampant and queer youth - displaced from their homes as a result of stigma and queer-phobia - began seeking haven in large cities. In these cities, gay, lesbian, trans, queer, and non-binary peoples formulated homes known as one's chosen family. And the ballroom scene (which began in the underground of Harlem), was a place where these Haus' could compete in various categories (I.e., butch queen, vogue, face, realness, and femme queen). Ballroom celebrated individuality, and gave queer folk a place to be unapologetically themselves.
Haus of Camp is defined by eccentrics, and border-line tacky glamour. Camp itself is subjective, and is never to be taken too seriously. Shaped by the desire to pay homage to the pioneers who paved the way for queer youth today, and influenced by self-identity, chosen family, and ballroom culture. Silhouettes are inspired by the eighties disco scene, contemporary drag, the club kid era, and the FX series 'Pose'. Emphasizing shape and form, voluminous and extravagant silhouettes are paired with classic styles adorned in ruffles and bows. Luxurious silks, structured woolens and cotton twills are contrasted with leather and mesh in matte and satin finishes. And rich yellows and greens, are paired with fluorescent pinks and saturated hues which are established in color-blocked, and monochromatic arrangements.
Haus of Camp was created for queer creators, drag artists, and those who reject conventionalized notions. It is a love letter to queer youth, the queer community at large, and the young non-binary femme presenting queer kid who refused to accept societal dissonance.
Lucas Circello Haus of CAMP
Haus of CAMP Collection
The Club Kid: Silk taffeta ruffled under-arm harness with center back hook and eye closure. Cabaret mesh cropped tank top with raw hems. Faux leather under-bust bustier with center-back zip. Cotton twill bell-bottom trousers with contrast side seam stripe, inseam pockets, and center back invisible zip.View look
Master of Ceremony: Silk satin cape with oversized bow fastener, and box-pleated rectangular train. Faux leather bustier with rounded neckline and center-back lacing detail. Cotton poplin two-tone tapered capri cigarette pants, with center front hem vent, contrast topstitching, inseam pockets, and center back invisible zip.View look
Drag Queen: Asymmetrical spandex bodysuit with a silk satin poet sleeve with frilled hem, and center front bow; china silk choker collar with hook and eye closure, and accent sleeve bow detail. China silk and jersey knit chaps that emulate the iconic 80's leg warmer with center back hook and eye waist closure.View look
Haus Mother: Three-tier ruffle gown consisting of over seventy yards of tulle. With a silk satin lining, scallop shell bodice, extreme high low-hem, center back invisible zip, and accent satin ribbon sash.View look
Butch Queen: Wool-cashmere and wool coating cropped single-breasted blazer with pointed lapels, contrasting sleeve stripe, front-facing fish eye darts, center front button closure, and accent silk charmeuse bias binding. Cotton twill baggy boot-cut trousers with center front creases, inseam pockets, and center back invisible zip.View look
Femme Fatale: Bias cut silk charmeuse midi length slip dress with cowl neckline, draped open back, spaghetti strap tie, and side-seam invisible zip. Silk charmeuse forearm gloves, with lacing detail.View look
- Rebecca Meschler
- Logan Connelly
- Lon Crews
- Jake Pendleton
- Joseph Cabry - Stefani Steel
- Joe Kusy & Lucas Circello
- Lucas Circello
- Lucas Circello
Lucas Circello is a femme-presenting queer non-binary person who designs for those whom reject societal archetypes, and have felt as though they have been under-represented within the market. No matter one's gender identity, sexual orientation, race, size, etc., fashion is universal, and meant to be for everyone. At the forefront of Lucas' design approach is the ideology that fashion is about what makes one feel their best, giving them the ability to step out of the house presenting themselves as their most authentic self. Lucas' designs are meant to be worn by every man, woman, and non-binary person - evoking complete expressive freedom. Not only those whom adorn Lucas' garments, but also the collaborator's and those behind-the-scenes are a continuous representation of Lucas' manifesto.
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Asked by Julia Wazeter on Sep 06, 2021
"What are your hopes and dreams for Haus of Circello?"
Lucas Circello: Haus of Circello will become a global brand identity. Offering high-end non-binary collections, and various product offerings. Establishing myself and brand as a creative powerhouse introducing queer-centric creative direction, fine art and design. Driving a catalyst for change within the industry that dares to disrupt the norm, and ensure inclusivity at its forefront.
Asked by Kinley Lingenfelter on Sep 07, 2021
"That pink silky/draped dress is INCREDIBLE! Do you plan on selling this collection of a variation of it?"
Lucas Circello: I have definitely considered it. I'm hopeful that in the future i'll be able to bring 'Haus of Camp' to market. It's all about timing, and resources.
Asked by Nancy Patel on Sep 07, 2021
"How did you go about incorporating camp & your own personal style into your collection?"
Lucas Circello: Camp has intrinsically been a part of my personal style since before I think I could even comprehend what it was. My personal style is rather eclectic, and I have adopted a mode much like a chameleon. Always experimenting, and daring to push the boundaries of conventionalized fashion. Within 'Haus of Camp' there are so many details from silhouette to textile that are quintessential staples of my personal style.