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Averey Vaquero

Arjahn Cox has created a four-look collection based on the desires and needs of four different muses. Muses were found via general survey, chosen based on their responses, interviewed, measured and designed for, leading to final garments and outcomes.


This page highlights the work for and the experience of one muse: Averey Vaquero



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Each Muse was interviewed to find out their desires and needs in reference to their clothing choices and self-expression. The desires and needs expressed in these interviews were then used to inform the clothing that was created for the muses. 

Design Process

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Designs were made from a mix of Vaquero's stated preferences from his interview and Arjahn’s interpretation of his wants and needs relating to Vaquero's fashion choices and identity.

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Design Information Derived from Interview

In his interview, Vaquero expressed how starting testosterone and being socially read as a man helped him to be able to further explore his personal style and self expression.

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Focusing on embellished masculinity and pops of color

Excerpts from Vaquero's Muse Book about his hormonal transition, societal perceptions of him, and his self expression evolution

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Interview Excerpts

Design Iterations

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Final Design

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Final Lineup

Design Approval

In keeping with the intent of prioritizing the wearer’s experience, muses were asked to approve designs and to make sure they would be comfortable wearing what was designed for them.


Making Process

Pant Pattern Planning

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Jacket Planning

Due to the muses’ body types being excluded from the sample size and binary gender model of fashion design, all patterns were made without the use of slopers and made using the measurements of the muse.

Top Pattern Planning


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Materiality was used to meet Vaquero's desire of embellished masculinity. The main method used was a striped patch work with internal finishes

Materiality Planning

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Materiality Goal

Envisioned to create stripes out of different fabrics

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Stripe Sample

Stripes were made from 3 inch fabric strips sewn together and clean finished inside

Process was used for vest and pants

Final Materiality

For every 1 inch of the garments, 3 inches of fabric were used

89 strips were sewn together to make the vest and 58 were sewn together to make the pants, surmounting in 323 strips.


3 inch strips were cut from brown and dark brown fabrics, connected by pins, and then sewn.


Final Outcomes


Final Photos

Photos by Lucre Visual Media

Photos were taken with the motive
of muses being themselves and feeling comfortable and confident in the garments. Photos were taken at a mansion in New York with the intent of showing the muses in a grandiose environment and taking up space in a place that is historically exclusionary.

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