Vincent Gagliostro
Vincent Gagliostro
Gagliostro began his professional career as an art director in the worlds of fashion and beauty, creating campaigns for a variety of major brands while working with renowned photographers, including Bill King, Steven Meisel, and Bert Stern. In a special collaboration with Richard Avedon, they created the award winning campaign for Hush Puppies Shoes, which went on to win the coveted CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award for best accessories, as well as being cited by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point, crediting the campaign as a pivotal example of when a trend crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Gagliostro's career has included among other things working with celebrities such as Raquel Welch, Lauren Hutton, and the recording artist Prince for whom he art directed three award-winning music videos.

In 1987, Gagliostro became a founding member of ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), and chaired the Communication and Graphics Outreach group. New York Magazine (September 30,1996 issue) lauded him for his "in your face" graphic, "make no apologies" style, and cited him as one of the six most influential players in the gay community at that time.

In the early 90's Gagliostro started a quarterly journal titled, XXXFRUIT, which was then commissioned by the Whitney Museum for an online version. At the same time he was the creative director of QW, a New York weekly gay news magazine.

For the past ten years, Gagliostro's focus has been on multidisciplinary installations with an emphasis on film/video. He was a contributing cinematographer for the Oscar nominated documentary, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. His short films have shown in film festivals and art fairs internationally. He has recently lectured at Yale on the subject of Art and Activism.
Selected Filmography
Films In Festival
(USA, 2016, 100mins)
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