Fashion In Motion: Carla Fernández



Friday 19th October 2018 Victoria & Albert Museum / London, United Kingdom

13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 20:00 h

Tickets will be available to book online from 8 October.

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Mexican fashion designer and social entrepreneur Carla Fernández will be the featured designer at the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion. In an event that coincides with the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, Fernández’s Manifesto of Fashion as Resistance will be performed by a live chorus, accompany the staging of pieces from five collections prepared for Fashion in Motion in an event that highlights the designer’s commitment to decolonization, intersectionality and social justice.


Carla Fernández works at the forefront of ethical fashion, documenting and preserving the rich textile heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities, while simultaneously making it avant garde. As she works in tandem with artisans using age-old techniques and processes, Fernández’s designs present a departure from the western canon and bring fresh textures and silhouettes to contemporary fashion. Fernández travels extensively throughout Mexico and works closely with hand spinners, weavers, embroiderers and garment makers to document their processes. Then, working collaboratively, they adapt and transform them to make striking clothing.


Carla Fernandez said: “We make fashion alongside people whose roots are in the same earth from which they sustain themselves. In Mexico we use fabrics that were woven to be treasured. We create few of them, and we do so slowly. We say death to planned obsolescence, which renders expendable all it draws in to its abyss of waste. We believe tradition is not static, and fashion is not ephemeral. Neither is our planet, nor our relationships. We understand that artisans require time to think, time to learn, and time to transform and transcend.”


Carla Fernández has been a professor at MIT and a Prince Claus laureate, and the British Fashion Council named her Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. She has had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; the Americas Society, New York; the Museo Jumex, Mexico City and this December will be honoured with the Design Visionary Award by Design Miami. The brand has been featured in publications such as Elle, Vogue, i-D, *wallpaper, L´Officiel, Monocle, The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explores how Frida Kahlo, one of the 20th century’s most recognized and significant artists and women, fashioned her identity. Curated by British curator Claire Wilcox and Mexican curator Circe Henestrosa, this is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story. It presents an unparalleled insight into Kahlo’s life revealing some objects that have never before been shown. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the teams of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico.


About Fashion in Motion

The V&A’s Fashion in Motion series brings catwalk shows by leading international designers to the V&A. The aim is to show fashion as it is meant to be seen – in movement. Previous designers featured in the series include Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Christopher Raeburn, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Grace Wales Bonner, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Meadham Kirchhoff, Missoni, Molly Goddard, Roksanda Ilincic, Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto.


Fashion at the V&A

The V&A’s fashion collection is designated as the UK’s National Collection and is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dress in the world. Many of the pieces in the V&A’s fashion collection are unique to the V&A and most of the iconic looks of the last four centuries are represented. The collections have been a source of inspiration for numerous fashion designers from Zandra Rhodes to the late Alexander McQueen, as well as students and researchers. The V&A’s Fashion Gallery reopened in May 2012 following a two year refurbishment and is one of the most popular galleries in the Museum. In 2013 the V&A opened The Clothworkers’ Centre, a new centre for the study, enjoyment and care of the textiles and fashion collections.


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