When we realize that the idea of adaptation can lead to conformism, the will to transform takes on a new meaning. According to Chris Anderson, “We don’t live in an era of change, we live in a change of era” and, if we don’t challenge ourselves, there is no transformation. Transformation is indispensable to take the first step towards progress, as it is essential for life and, consequently, for creativity. Backstage photos by Gonçalo Silva @goncaloasilva
In Designer fashion, sustainability is one of the essential factors for this transformation to progress, challenging creativity. Metamorphosis was the starting point for the inspiration of this collection. The use of materials alluding to cocoon shells, achieved through textile manipulation made with the waste of silk threads using water-soluble film technique, refers to the imagery of transmutation, creating references of protection and transformation of the human body through pieces inspired by exoskeletons.
Valentim Quaresma expresses creativity through fashion and art. He studied in the School of arts António Arroio and in Ar.co’s Jewellery department. He worked with Ana Salazar, the pioneer of Portuguese fashion, creating jewellery and accessories for her collections from 1990 to 2010.
In 2008, he won the prize “Accessories collection of the Year” in the international competition ITS#7 in Trieste – Italy, and started his own brand.
Since then, Valentim Quaresma has been presenting his own collections internationally in events like Bread and Butter in Barcelona; 080 Barcelona Fashion, [moment] in Riga, Fashionclash in Maastricht, The Netherlands; Cesis Fashion Art Festival in Latvia; Bijorhca in Paris; MoBa13 “Fetishism in Fashion” in Arnhem; Manupulating Surface – Portuguese Craftmanship in London, just to name a few.
With his FW 11/12 collection, “Alchemy”, he integrates the ModaLisboa’s official calendar, where he started to present his work seasonally.