Designer Bio: Matheus Rangel

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 5, 2015

Current Student (December 2016), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City
“[Showing] my creative vision at this runway show is both terrifying and exhilarating. It’s like standing nude before a crowd of strangers. Sure, I am intimidated, but I am up for the challenge.”

Matheus Rangel is both a student and an art professional who has worked with top fashion photography galleries and fashion photographers. “More than anything, I believe fashion is a cognitive language,” he says. “This became more obvious to me as I immersed myself in fashion over the last few years.  By doing so, I tapped into messages that were too elegant for words to describe. Society’s spirit became clearer to me through this newly acquired lens.”

Matheus’s perspective on fashion is shaped by his artistic experiences. “I think of my muse as an insightful man who looks for meaning beyond the surface. I also want my collection to feel effortless; clothes you can throw on and instantly elevate your day.”

He named his New York Fashion Week collection “Druidry” after viewing a photo of a rooftop garden above a city garage. “I imagined a group of artists gathering there to discuss spirituality and nature. Suddenly, these individuals and their mannerisms came to life.”
Matheus says that the classes he took at The Art Institute of New York City helped him to see a whole new world of design. “Concepts of Design and Fundamentals of Design opened my eyes as I learned new techniques that will help [to] elevate my designs.”

He recommends that current fashion students pay attention to history, socioeconomic factors, and sociopolitical factors when creating designs.  “These [elements] contribute to the way people communicate through clothes.”

Mattheus is inspired by designers Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, Vivienne Westwood, and Walter Van Bierendonck. He also browses Japanese publications and the American magazines “Brutus” and “Popeye” to pique his creative spirit.

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