Matthew Cook

Graduate Fashion Studio

Fashion is more than something you wear to clothe with, it is a way of expressing, identifying, and representing through being bold, powerful, accessible, innovative, and inclusively unmistakable. Matthew Cook’s art explores the aesthetics of where he is from through the events and perceptions people have of Saint Louis, Missouri. Conceptualizing race, gender, sexuality, and body image, the assumptions of how particular groups should act, look, think, or talk like are the core of his work. Manipulating materials through intense draping, complex patternmaking, and quality construction balance the eclectic and vibrant choices of materially that provides multiple perceptions of his work.