BA Textile Design, Central Saint Martins 2016
Whilst developing a project looking at beauty and age, Manuela realised that women over a certain age are often ignored by the world of fashion. Manuela thought to herself that she personally found older people wonderfully cool and full of stylistic potential, as shown by Ari Seth Cohen with his Advanced Style images. As a result she decided to create a series of prints that celebrated the style in those later on in their years.
Manuela took influences from Alexander McQueen through his questioning of beauty standards, Alessandro Michele for his bravery in changing the story of Gucci and Iris Apfel as a dream target customer. Manuela sees Iris’s style and way of living as a true inspiration.
Drawing is a very important step in Manuela’s designing process. Her MiAL collection showcases some of the work she created during her final project at Central Saint Martins. She loves layering textures and considers it important that the background of an image isn’t simply white, but instead shows a pattern. She believes that this introduces a depth that is otherwise difficult to achieve.
Through her work Manuela hopes that her audience will be inspired by the illustrations and that they will lead them to challenge beauty ideals.
Awards and nominations:
Winner of Fashion and Textile Dissertation Award 2015/16, Shortlisted for Bursary Award Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters
"I would like to open people’s minds and help them realise that the limitations imposed by age, beauty and style are all subjective and that people can wear what they want if they want to."
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