Born and raised in Cascais, Portugal, I have always been drawn towards creative subjects. I chose London to do my Bachelors as it was an eclectic city full of inspiration. I then did a Masters in Customer Experience and Innovation to complement my skillset, particularly with soft skills such as negotiation and working in a team, as well as public speaking.
The city and its movement is a constant source of inspiration as well as people watching in at coffee shops. This is sometimes the starting point for my creative projects, so I always keep a small notepad with me at all times. I also write short stories on my free time and read theoretical papers on Comparative Literature (and pretty much anything I can put my hands on). I dream of moving to New York City and one day start my own brand that collaborates with artists and young designers, but also actively helps the community and also has a philanthropic branch.
My initial inspiration was Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie ‘Once upon a time in Hollywood’. It explored Hollywood in the Sixties and rewrote an alternative ending to Sharon Tate’s night of death. Due to its dark and scandalous nature, I was inclined to research scandals in Hollywood during its Golden Age. Some of the stories were similar to this dark side of the glamorous London nightlife I have observed.
In my research I came an actress during the Fifties who used publicity stunts such as wardrobe malfunctions to rise to fame. Referring back to the concept of exposing and concealing, I have explored wardrobe malfunctions through pattern making and draping. I was also inspired by portraits of women getting ready in Hollywood during the 40s and 50s. These photographs were, unlike my previous research, very posed. To counterbalance this, I looked at Studio 54 photographs of their iconic parties.
Part of my research for the collection was looking at portraits of Hollywood scarlets on their vanity table. This photograph is of Veronica Lake. I liked the decadent and glamorous aesthetic of portraits set in vanity tables, as well as the detailing in the tables and mirrors themselves. Another point of interest were the objects placed in the vanity table such as perfumes and combs and its retro and expensive look, conveyed through details such as tassels and intricate designs.