By Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media
I can’t believe I missed the opening night media reception for Carla Fernández Casa de Moda: A Mexican Fashion Manifesto. It was an opportunity to meet and talk with Carla Fernandez herself and I just plain blew it. But thanks to private tour by Andrea Sinclair, Communications and Media Relations Manager for DAM, I was able to enjoy this fascinating and wonderful exhibit while learning about the artist/fashion designer herself. (See photo gallery below) The exhibit in located in the Martin Building, Level 6 of the Denver Art Museum and is included with the price of general admission.
According to information provided by the Denver Art Museum; Carla Fernández Casa de Moda: A Mexican Fashion Manifesto is the first exhibition to fully explore the career of Mexican artist and fashion designer Carla Fernández, founder of the eponymous fashion brand in May 2022. The acclaimed Mexico City-based fashion brand, established in 2000, is a couture house that aims to bring new meaning to the luxury world as an agent of social and ethical change and innovation.
Taller Flora mobile laboratory—Carla Fernández’s traveling studio—meets with Indigenous communities throughout Mexico at the invitation of artisan cooperatives that create handmade textiles and crafts. Over time, Fernández has learned and witnessed how these master artisans draw upon oral history and transmission of techniques.
She collaborates with the artisans in the creative and production processes, creating contemporary designs for the global market. Carla Fernández Casa de Moda explores how the design house links ancient and contemporary techniques.
Mexican artist, architect, sculptor and activist Pedro Reyes designed the gallery for the exhibition using sculpture, architecture, video and photography.
It will be on view through September 5, 2022, and entry is included with general admission.
Photos by Latin Life Denver Media