Kanye West’s Style Guru Talks ‘Art And Fashion’

Cassius Marcellus Cornelius Clay tells MTV News about helping the MC develop his Rosewood movement.

From Egyptian jewelry to “wearing women’s accessories,” as he mentioned himself during the New York premiere of his film “Runaway”
in October, [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] is always pushing the fashion envelope. Most recently, the MC hired a 20-year-old Yale student named Cassius Marcellus Cornelius Clay to work behind the scenes of his Rosewood movement.

Sporting an eye-catching bowtie made of feathers, Clay described to MTV News his duties for the MC: “We work on art and fashion, and I do a lot of research for style and design things for him.”

Late last year, Clay’s working relationship with West surfaced on the Web, prompting many fans to ask, “When did Kanye meet this guy?”
According to Clay, his tide of G.O.O.D. fortune began earlier in 2010.

“We met this summer in New York, we became friends, and I really respect him a lot so I’m happy to be working with him,” he said.

He shies away from being called “Kanye’s stylist,” but Internet buzz suggests Clay advised Kanye to apologize to Taylor Swift via Twitter in September for interrupting her 2009 Video Music Awards acceptance speech. Still, Clay’s main focus is fashion and all things beautiful.

“We work on clothes together,” he explained. “I’m an art history major at Yale, so my focus is really art and the whole aesthetic culture, and that’s really what interests me. And I think that he appreciates it, and it’s nice to talk to him about it as well.”

The style consultant went on to say that he’s taken a leave of absence from Yale to focus on his new job.

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