In particular, nightlife legend Amanda Lepore — who was his first client in Manhattan, and whose positively pneumatic figure is often clad in barely-there dresses and physics-defying lingerie — continues to be one of his most visible billboards. "We treat her like a star, because she is a star, (and) she's my good luck charm. She believed in me when no one even knew me." Working with curves would come to be his signature. Creating his own corset patterns allows Garo to mold and flatter the bodies of his clients, from socialites to drag queens. "My favorite body type is a size 10/12. I want to fill a corset." "I to love manipulate silhouettes; for people to feel embraced by something, and to have an unlimited size range, because anybody can feel beautiful and look beautiful. It's just a matter of sculpting them." The results are creations (in everything from indigo denim to gold lame) that are equal parts fetish, fashion and engineering.
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