The CSM Graduate Merging Punk Aesthetics With Queer Politics

 
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Colombian-born designer and recent Central Saint Martins graduate Mateo Velasquez challenges the gender binary in his newest collection, “Pretty in Punk,” a confrontation of societal norms and the reclamation of queer visibility. Text Ryan Quan. Photographed by Nicole Ngai, styled by Alex Francisco, makeup by Raffael Romanoli. Model David Glass.

 
 
 
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With mixed patterns, corset tops, and an ever-present touch of glitter the collection visualizes the symbiotic influence of queer communities and punk aesthetics. “We’re all just trying to be ourselves,” says Velasquez. “What happens is that all the years of oppression come out as rebellion, but we’re not disrupting for the sake of it. We are simply fighting for acceptance and equality.”

 
 
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“Pretty in Punk” references glam rock and the punk movement through its details: safety pins attaching sleeves to shirts, grommets outlining a pair of shorts, circle chains suggesting cock rings.

 
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Velasquez presents this collection with the hope to inspire people to dress as boldly and shamelessly as they desire, to unify people in the comfort of their fluid identities, and to encourage people to envision and craft the future they want for themselves.

 
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