Fashion in Motion is the V&A’s landmark project hosting runway shows for the public. This ongoing programme of activity aims to highlight rising fashion talent and has previously included Alexander McQueen, Molly Goddard and Erdem. Held in the Raphael Gallery on Friday 18th of October, the four free catwalks
will present her work inspired by the rich textile heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities in her debut UK show. Fernández will share pieces from five collections specially prepared for the show. The catwalks will be accompanied by a live chorus reciting Fernández’s manifesto of 'Fashion as Resistance', highlighting the designer's commitment to intersectionality and social justice.
Carla Fernández is at the forefront of ethical fashion working with female artisans to keep traditions alive and support local artisans. She uses traditional techniques and processes in her designs such as backstrap-loom weaving, natural dyeing, embroidered motifs and unique geometric structuring, pleating and folding has led to extremely original designs which depart from the western canon and bring fresh textures and silhouettes to contemporary fashion.
Carla Fernandez said: “We make fashion alongside people whose roots are in the earth from which they sustain themselves. In Mexico, we use fabrics that were woven to be treasured. We create a few of them, and we do so slowly. We understand that artisans require time to think, time to learn, and time to transform and transcend. It is important that the V&A is providing this platform because it gives us a very special opportunity to show that another fashion system is possible.”
Tickets will be available to book from 8th October.