Carla Fernández: Manifesto of Fashion as Resistance
November 7 – 25, 2018
Palos Verdes Art Center
5504 W. Crestridge Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Trunk Show & Weaving Demonstration, Nov 16, 10am – 4pm
Meet the artist and Master Weaver Margarita Lopez Hernandez,
who will demonstrate the traditional backstrap loom of Chiapas, Mexico
Carla Fernández works at the forefront of ethical fashion, having developed a design pedagogy that teams with indigenous communities throughout Mexico to keep traditions from extinction and to give artisans a way to make a living from their art. The exhibition presents clothing from the Carla Fernández Fall-Winter Collection 2018. Also on view are commissioned photographs by renowned artist and collaborator Maruch Sántis, as well as video that conveys the distinct handmade processes of the clothing line.
Carla Fernández is a Mexico City-based fashion label inspired by the geometrics and textile richness of Mexico. The brand has gained international acclaim for their approach to preserving the rich cultural heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities and transforming it into beautiful clothing, textiles, and housewares. Their contemporary take on handcrafted methods is proving ethical fashion can be striking, avant-garde and forward-looking.
A change agent and innovator, bringing new meaning to luxury fashion, the Carla Fernández team travels throughout Mexico visiting communities of artisans that specialize in handmade textiles, utilizing centuries-old indigenous techniques. This labor-intensive approach is helping to sustain long-standing traditions and the people who collaborate with the brand.
Carla Fernández works closely with the artisans at the onset of each project, where techniques such as weaving or hand looming, are an integral part of the production of new pieces and collections, rather than adding decorative embellishments at the end of the creative process. The artisans become partners and are compensated fairly for their contributions.
In 2013, Carla was one of 11 worldwide recipients of the Prince Claus Award based in Amsterdam, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. She has had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA / Museo Jumex in Mexico City / Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, CA / SIFA The O.P.E.N. Festival IN Singapore; and collective exhibitions at MAD Museum, New York; Palacio de Iturbide and Museo Amparo in Mexico City, among others.
The Brand has been featured in publications such as Elle, Vogue, i-D, *wallpaper, T, The New York Times Magazine, and the LA Times, amongst others