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John Howard Knight III, a.k.a. “Tré,” Designer

"Some people would consider my style to be gothic, but those people just don’t get it."

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How do you get your hair like that?
My friend Paul does it once a week. He puts gel on my hair while it’s dry, and then he combs it through. Then he shapes it, and then I bake under the dryer for 45 minutes. It gets really, really solid, like a helmet.

What’s the inspiration?
I got the idea from the twenties and the thirties. I used to have a white, white mohawk, but it was just so damaging to my hair, so I cut it all off and went to Paul and was all, “What can I do with my hair?” I love it because when I wake up, my hair’s already done.

What about the rest of your style?
Well, this is just my day look. When I go out, I have a whole different category of looks and I’m usually corseted. A casual night outfit would be tights, a pair of heels, and then maybe a collared shirt with a corset and blazer over that. Some people would consider my style to be gothic, but those people just don’t get it.

So what is it, then?
It’s period-driven, but with a modern touch. The thing is, I’m kind of like a chameleon.


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