Katie Gallagher, a promising fashion designer, passed away last July after a drug overdose was ruled a homicide. The New York Post has reported that her friends and colleagues mourned her death and remembered her as a creative visionary whose fashion collections were always ahead of the curve. Gallagher would often use mesh fabric and cutouts in her designs, which became popular trends following the pandemic. Designer Alexandra Plazas-Herrera, who worked with Gallagher from 2018 to 2021, helped her sell her collections to boutiques and notable stores worldwide. Upon hearing about Gallagher’s passing, Plazas-Herrera revealed that the designer was getting there and was about to showcase a beautiful collection.
Gallagher had sold her garments to Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Laverne Cox, and Rita Ora, as well as had them featured in magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, and W. Gallagher’s clothing collections showcased at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks were distinct, and everything she did became a trend and became popular in the last two years.
Gallagher started her eponymous fashion label in 2010, a year after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. According to an obituary published on the alumni website, she grew up in rural Pennsylvania and worked as a bartender at Flats Fix Taqueria & Tequila Bar in Manhattan before she made it big in fashion. She would also work as a florist during her stay in Los Angeles.
Gallagher’s family initiated the GoFundMe campaign in July to ensure that the last of her creations could be completed, which raised over $30,000. Gallagher’s 27th collection was almost complete before her unfortunate passing, and the funds raised from the campaign ensured that it could be finished and viewed in a celebration of her life and work later this year in her beloved NYC.
The New York Post has reported that detectives are investigating Gallagher’s death could be linked to Kenwood Allen, a person of interest, who was arrested for murder in the overdose deaths of two club-goers in the Lower East Side. The Post and Gallagher’s family members have raised awareness of fentanyl and similar drugs being used as weapons against innocent people. A memorial service was held in Pennsylvania last August, and a celebration of life gathering is scheduled for May.