In 2001, I received a phone call from a friend that was lucky enough to travel all over the world with the band Aerosmith as their wardrobe stylist and she asked me to make a pair of pants for Steven Tyler! I was so happy and excited because I loved Aerosmith and I was obsessed with heavy metal in the early 90’s when Headbangers Ball was the best show on MTV.
So I happily accepted..I had one week to create the pants and the pressure to create something cool and awesome was on!
My friend told me to just make them flashy; something that will stand out on stage, well that was easy cuz I love creating standout designs.
So I quickly went thru my stash of fabrics and pulled out any fabrics that were flashy and unique.
I also remembered that I recently created a pageant dress with a very sparkly purplish material so I pulled out the scraps from that.
Once the fabrics were all laid out I just started cutting strips of fabrics and stitching them randomly on the legs of the pants.
The fabric for the pants were made out of a reversible iridescent stretch denim.
I added some pockets from a pair of old corduroy pants and had my very talented and artistic friend Matt sketch a face of a Transformer on one of the pockets and on the other pocket I put in some eyelets and used purple suede cording to lace it up.
The front of the pants seemed too plain so I had my friend Matt sketch up a fish to draw on the front leg of the pants because the strips on the leg of the fabric sorta looked like water so I wanted the fish to look like it was diving into water and on the other leg I added a cool trim that looked like barb wire.
My friend picked up the pants and delivered the pants to Steven Tyler not knowing what was going to happen next…well I got a phone call from her the next day telling me that he “Fucking loved them!” I was so ecstatic!
Here he is wearing the pants
“Fish diving into Water”
Doesn’t he look great!
Here is a better view on what they looked like: