“The Barefoot Designer” at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


At the exhibition, each region of Mexico is accompanied by a rack of garments that can be touched, tried on and purchased. The visitor is offered with a close approach to the garments, the way it is made, and a link to the artisanal processes.

The show features work by skilled artisans from Chiapas, Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Yucatan, Campeche and new designs from Guerrero. For the show, Fernández created a fashion exhibit that shares her design process and engages the senses.

For the center piece of the exhibition, she set up a large worktable in the middle of the gallery. Visitors can interact with the materials and visuals by sitting down to see, touch and read about the production process. In addition to the clothing displays, images and pieces by several artists including Graciela Iturbide, Ramiro Chaves and Pedro Reyes.