Reflekt Muse: Adrian Clutario
First discovered Adrian Clutario through Adriana Clitario. An alt-drag beauty queen with a peculiar minimal Bauhaus aesthetic. This aesthetic permeates throughout all spectrums of Adrian’s creative outlets. From his alter ego, jewelry line, to his avante-garde furniture designs. Based in Oakland, we had the honor to speak to this alt-creative and his explorations into blending the gender line.
Where were you born and describe your family life?
I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. My parents are Heidi and Pascual Clutario. I have two brothers: Kevin and Matthew. Kevin being the oldest and Matt being the youngest. I’m very close to my family. I’m really fortunate to come from such a supportive and loving family.
What is your occupation?
I am a furniture and fashion accessories designer. But lately, I've been doing a lot of sculpture and illustration.
How did your style develop?
I think it began to develop when I was in college. I was getting into gender theory and got into drag, so my closet started to look all sorts of crazy. Over the past few years, I edited it down and honed in on an aesthetic.
Do you feel your personal style reflects who you are?
I think so. To a certain degree. I've been told that I could appear intimidating or severe based on what I'm wearing, although I’m really friendly.
When do you feel most attractive?
In terms of wardrobe… either when I'm extremely comfortable in clothing (loose fitting black pants, large fitting t-shirt/tank, comfy sneakers) or when I'm in full out drag which entails a lot of uncomfortable attire. I guess I feel the most attractive when I feel the most comfortable and uncomfortable!
"I guess I feel the most attractive when I feel the most comfortable and uncomfortable!"
What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had on fashion/style?
I forget who gave me the realization that style is more of an attitude, or a presence. People always tell me “I could never wear what you wear!” But honestly, I think they could. Anyone can be fashionable, it's not difficult to put together the same outfit from a magazine. If you have the confidence to put something together that makes you feel amazing, that’s style.
Is there anything political about the way you dress?
Yes, I wear a lot of womenswear. My style stems from my political standpoints during college, but I've been more subtle with it now. For me personally, I've learned that subtlety can go a long way for getting people to listen. Crossdressing is nothing new, but political nonetheless.
Are there any dressing tricks you’ve invented or learned?
I dress pretty monochromatic. A lot of blacks and dark grays. It has helped me simplify my choices. With that in mind, I tend to buy pieces that have different textures and textiles, dramatic silhouettes, or really interesting details. That way my wardrobe has a common thread, enabling me to easily put outfits together with a lot of statement.
Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
I think my work reflects my personal style. I see myself making decisions about making art or design decisions that parallel to how I dress myself. But style veins throughout all aspects of your life.
What is really beautiful, for you, in general?
I find it really beautiful when I meet someone who has no agenda and they allow themselves to be their authentic self. Their interaction doesn't feel that much like a performance when their guard is down and they show signs of vulnerability. I think that’s confident, radical, and beautiful.
If you could wear one outfit for a whole week, what would it be?
A loose black linen tunic, well-fitted black jeans, and my Doc Martens.
How do you think people react to the way you dress?
I think people enjoy how I dress for the most part. I think it can challenge certain people, which is partly why I dress the way I do.
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What is your advice or life mantra for Reflekt readers?