Bilbao International Art&Fashion
Mateo Velasquez
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Mateo Velasquez

COUNTRY
United Kingdom

CATEGORY
A

EDITION
2020 - Finalist

Casa Susanna

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK

 

Influenced by themes of gender and queer culture, as well as giving responsible responses to our climate crisis by creating only up-cycled garments. This collection reflects a rebellious feel and anti-system belief, which we need in our modern times, a representation of an ideal society where fluid sexuality is holistic, respected and celebrated.

 

INSPIRATION

 

Starting from ‘Casa Susanna’, a series of documentary snaps of the mid 70’s depicting a group of heterosexual cross-dressers who would travel to a refuge searching out their true selves; from there, looking at hypermasculine male subcultures where flexibility in gender behavior is allowed and featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, survivalists and those who openly flout social convention.

 

MATERIALS USED


All garments are made from pre-existing items, leather, denim and vinyl clothing as well as chains and jewellery found at charity shops and car boot sales have been re-used, unstitched open and cut accordingly to new patterns. Using existing pockets, linings and other features of the original garments to take maximum advantage of the materials.