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At party king Philip Sallon's flamboyant Chelsea bash last week to launch `Style Surfing' (Thames & Hudson) by the `fashion anthropologist' Ted Polhemus (top left), subversive glitterati and bemused clubbers dusted off false eyelashes, raided the wardrobe and grooved. Photographs by Ben Elwes

I work for Planet Fashion, a cable show. I love Vivienne Westwood, and I'm really into Hussein Chalayan, because his stuff is so innovative.

I dress up whenever I get a chance. I'm from Australia and this is a bit like Mardi Gras in Sydney. Style is made up of whatever you can put together. Piercing is very big; it's still very retro at the moment.

I'm Babar the Elephant; this is my fetish look. I made it myself; it's inspired by years of being imprisoned at Whipsnade Zoo. I'm not a fashion follower, I'm more of a sticky bun and peanut follower, really.

I love to follow fashion. My favourite designer is Dexter Wong, who is actually a friend of mine, but I love his clothes. I love dressing up, but I don't get to do it enough.

I made the whole costume myself. I'm very much a fashion disciple. I love Dolce & Gabbana.

My other half made the outfit. He's a costume designer. I wear what he tells me, and I'm happy with it. I'm tacky as far as favourite designers go: I like Armani and clean cuts. I'm not very stylish in everyday life, I'm very boring.

I made half of this and found the other half in shops. I make a lot of costumes. I put on parties, we do them at Heaven, for art students from Central St Martin's and London College of Fashion.

I've come as me, a lighting designer. Usually I'm more interested in lighting than clothes but I thought I'd make an effort for tonight.