An interview with Matt Shelest, winner of Fashion POP's 2017 design category.
Your work seems to undertake a highly political theme. Can you briefly contextualize your piece?
The pieces I created are sort of a reaction to the current political climate our world is experiencing. Now more than ever, people are questioning their governments, rioting and protesting against the injustices and corruption we have, until now, been silent about. This suit is meant to demonstrate the transparency we are forcing from our so called "world leaders". The off-set, asymmetrical design is meant to reflect the destruction of their perfectly curated images, the barrier they hide behind that separates the world from the truth.
What was your inspiration and desire for creating this piece?
This piece was part of a critical Fashion Project that was meant to reflect each designer’s perspective on the current and future environment we are living in. I wanted to focus on, what I believe to be, a major part in solving the issues our populations are facing; the people are already angry, passionate and ready to fight. Now it's up to those above us that control and dictate society to face their ultimate fate: they must provide the transparency being demanded of them, or crumble.
If you had to pick one favorite designer, who would it be?
A current favourite designer of mine would be Alejandro Gómez Palomo, behind the brand Palomo Spain. His collections are a vibrant statement of genderless expression, with glamour and feisty detailing. The garments evoke a fun mixture of luxe fabrics and trimmings, with provocative silhouettes and cuts. I like the way the brand is, in its own way, following the movements seen all over the world, by deconstructing our ideas of gender and sexuality. The freedom of the designs are what has caught my eye recently, and I'm excited to see what they continue to come up with.
What's next for you?
As for what's next, I wish I could tell you, but not even I know the answer. I'm currently working as a stylist at a Montreal photo studio, and hope to keep expanding my work, getting to meet and produce some cool work with the many creatives in our city. All I can say about what's next, is that it will be great, whatever the outcome may be.