Christian Cowan Lets His Clothes Do the Peacocking for Him

Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Lil Nas X flock to Christian Cowan’s designs for their gleeful flamboyance (and liberal use of ostrich feathers). The designer himself, however, is all about the quiet life.

A sprinkling of tiny tattoos covers Christian Cowan’s fingers and arms: a pale stag, a walrus, a sewing needle and the word “intimacy,” so faintly scrawled that it is barely legible.

That fine ink is a tell.

“I’m an introvert,” Mr. Cowan said over lunch of vegetarian rigatoni at Sant Ambroeus in Greenwich Village last month. “I vent any need to be out in the limelight through my work.”

His work is as raucous as his ink is discreet. Mr.

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