Lil Nas X Teams Up with Designer Christian Cowan, Enlists Queer Youth for New Fashion Line

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday September 19, 2020

Gus Kenworthy and Lil Was X
Gus Kenworthy and Lil Was X  (Source:Gus Kenworthy / Instagram)

A feature in Vogue spotlights the upcoming Spring 2021 collection by rapper Lil Nas X and designer Christian Cowan. This will be another installment in a collaboration the two began last year, "when Cowan dressed Lil Nas for the 2019 VMAs."

The new collection was inspired by this Summer's Pride month and the Black Lives Matter protests taking place at the same time. Both believe that the Black trans community, in particular, still goes ignored — and as a consequence, suffer from attacks, violence, and even death. The proceeds from the collection will benefit Black youth in Atlanta "through a new fund set up with the Loveland Foundation, a nonprofit launched in 2018 by Rachel Cargle that typically provides support and therapy aid for Black girls and women."

The line is inspired by, and hybridizes, 1970s queer and punk movements. Cowan explains:

"Both [queer and punk people] were often funneled into the same venues for their club nights, because they were the only venues that would take them. In one club night, you would have, like, a cis white male punk with spiky hair, and then you'd also have trans and queer Black people in the same venue coexisting."

Gus Kenworthy has signed on to model for the collection, as will designer Marc Jacobs and 90s supermodel Helena Christensen. Taking to Instagram the out Olympian thanked the "Old Town Road" hitmaker for being part of his project.


"Thank you @lilnasx and @christiancowan for including me in your @NYFW collaboration. 100% of the proceeds from this collection are going to @thelovelandfoundation to support the Black LGBTQ+ community and I feel very honored to have been a part of it alongside so many queer icons!"

Read the feature on Lil Nas X and Christian Cowan's Spring 2021 collection here.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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