Tessa Matthias Is Bridging the Gap Between Fashion and Cars

Tessa Matthias Is Bridging the Gap Between Fashion and Cars

The California-based designer refurbished a 1968 Mustang and a set of custom fashion looks.

The California-based designer refurbished a 1968 Mustang and a set of custom fashion looks.

Text: Danielle Combs

The automotive and fashion industries have a storied past together. Since the inception of the automobile, and its eventual shift into a mainstream reality, the appeal of an alluring car has always inspired designers. For California-based designer Tessa Matthias, the chance to refurbish and design a 1968 Silver Mustang Fastback with MP Classics World was an experience she couldn’t pass up. “Designing cars has always been integrated into my design philosophy,” said Matthias. “I’m incredibly inspired by machinery in general, whether it’s about function or the specific industry that it is being used for, machines have a foundational strength that fascinates me. The fact that something can be made from nothing but a dream or idea, using existing materials and tools, is an incredibly exciting feeling.”

Coinciding with the blazing hot rod’s refurbishment, Matthias also designed a set of vivacious and sleek looks, ranging from a leopard power suit to a frothy iridescent top with voluminous sleeves. To capture the essence of life on the road, the visionary designer combined the ease and effortlessness of Californian culture with her devout passion for machinery by utilizing color and relaxed silhouettes. “The custom fashion pieces I made for this project were all about using new and old materials together in one garment,” said Matthias. “That was intentionally in line with the same way that the car was approached. Recycling past ideas or materials to create something new. And it all looked so modern to me. That was incredible to see.” Like many designers who have sat in the driver’s seat, Matthias will never stop drawing inspiration from the automotive industry. 

Click through the slideshow to see the collaboration.

Credits: images courtesy of Jen Wolf, Thom Woodward and Jen Steele

UP NEXT

9 Beyoncé Performances That Prove Why She’s a Legend