I had a successful leather & clothing design studio in New York City called CONTESSA STUDIOS. It was 1973 when Gene Simmons walked in the door looking for someone to help create the costumes for a new rock band called KISS. The result was the
very first leather costumes for Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
Gene Simmons told me that they would be millionaires, but I never imagined that these 4 guys, (wearing my costumes,) would become the world's most famous rock band.
From 1973 until 1983, I made many of their costumes for stage, tours, photo-shoots, television appearances, and film, including the 1978 motion picture, KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.
My first set of costumes is seen on the cover of HOTTER THAN HELL, and the last work I did for KISS was during the LICK IT UP days (with VINNIE VINCENT and ERIC CARR.)
Shortly after, I traveled to India for a few years, and then relocated to Miami Beach, where I opened a very successful design studio called ZOO14. I kept in contact with the guys from KISS for a few years, but eventually lost touch.
In August of 2013, after much prodding from my friend Douglas Hudson, I reconnected with Ace Frehley at the Contamination Defcon Convention in St Louis. I spent some time with ACE, hung out and signed a few autographs, and was overwhelmed by the reaction from Ace and the hardcore KISS fans.