“The Future is Handmade” Debuts in Los Angeles


Update: Read the article about the exhibition on the Los Angeles Times (click here).


The future of fashion is handmade, according to award-winning clothing designer and activist Carla Fernández. Fernández’s first time Los Angeles exhibition, The Future is Handmade! Carla Fernández: Fashion/Art/Home, opening September 12th—28th, 2015 will include fashion, art and housewares and explores Mexico’s traditional textile heritage and techniques, and how they can be applied to modern clothing and accessories.


The Los Angeles exhibition, which coincides with Mexican Independence Month, and is curated by Renee Zellweger of San Francisco’s Summerschool, will be a multi-dimensional and immersive experience, designed to provide a deep understanding of Mexico’s social culture and history, beyond design.

The exhibition features Fernández’s couture and ready to wear clothing, highlighting her Fall/Winter 2015 collection as well as textiles and housewares, including hand-woven wool rugs, throws, pillows and table runners. Drawings, photographs, video and source materials, demonstrating Fernández’s multi-layered design process support the exhibition. The exhibition will highlight the styles and techniques of five Mexican states: Chiapas, Yucatan, Campeche, the State of Mexico and Mexico City. It will include her most recent collaboration with communities in Guerrero.


The exhibition also showcases work by other Mexican artists including Graciela Iturbide, Ramiro Chaves and Fernández’s husband and multimedia artist Pedro Reyes among others. In addition ceramic, and carved wood jewelry by Carla Fernández and her friends, including Sangre de mi Sangre are also featured.

“It is my hope that the exhibition, The Future is Handmade! will demonstrate how culturally diverse the artisanal communities are across Mexico. If you bring their work together through design, working closely with the artisans, you can create clothing and textiles that feel dynamic and modern,” says Carla Fernández. “The exhibition presents the realm of possibilities, by shifting the historical boundaries between craft, design, folk art and contemporary art. What’s old is new again.”

Renee Zellweger of Summerhouse says, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that we’re working with Carla to put on this show. Not only is the work beautiful, but it’s important. Helping bring to life Carla’s entire story in Los Angeles is wonderful. I think people attending the show in any capacity are going to be blown away.”

Fernández’s personal vintage collection of Mexican clothing will be presented and available for sale exclusively at Decades in Los Angeles, as part of the exhibition.

Cameron Silver, founder of Decades says, “Carla’s vintage clothing collection tells an important story about Mexico’s rich cultural heritage. I love ethnographic textiles. Anyone who loves Dries, Marni, Margiela, Creatures of the Wind or artisanal design would appreciate this survey of Mexican vintage textiles.”

Fernández’s latest show is an evolution of her first stateside exhibition in 2014 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston: Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer A Passion for Radical Design and Community. Following the success of the show, she subsequently exhibited for the first time in California at the Boiler Room at Heath Ceramics San Francisco, Design Culture Mexico, in spring 2015.

Rare master workshops for adults and kids taught by Fernández with her artisan-collaborators will take place as part of the exhibition program to reinforce the importance of keeping indigenous design relevant and current, and will include discussions about art, culture, commerce and social innovation in Mexico and beyond.

Visitors are invited to survey the exhibition and shop the Carla Fernández Fall/Winter 2015 collection and housewares.

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Trade and Press Only Day:

Tuesday, September 8, from 9AM to 4PM, or by appointment

View the Fall/Winter 2015 collection, and Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Invitation Only VIP Reception Saturday, September 12, 1:30PM to 3:30PM.

Weekend Celebration
Open to Public

Saturday, September 12 from 4PM to 7PM
Sunday, September 13 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
An opportunity for the public to come in and learn about the world of Carla Fernández, meet the designer and shop the Fall/Winter 2015 collection and housewares.

Vintage Mexican Collection @ Decades
Open to the Public–

September 114-7PM Book Signing, “The Barefoot Designer: The Handbook” at Decades.
September 12 to 28 Vintage Mexican clothing collection available at Decades.

closed Monday11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through FridaySaturday and Sunday, by appointment only.
Red Desert
850 S Broadway, 6th Fl #600
Los Angeles, CA 90014


Mexican Vintage @ Decades
8214 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Exhibition: (213) 438-0676
Decades:(323) 655 1960