Show 09 Oct 2022 at 20:00
Dino Alves graduated in painting at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto. He attended a professional photography course at INEF and after gaining experience at Cinemateca Portuguesa, he ended up in the fashion industry, earning the title of "Enfant terrible of the Portuguese Fashion".
His first show took place at "Manobras de Maio" in 1994 and from May 1997 onwards he regularly presents his collections at ModaLisboa - Lisbon Fashion Week. Since then, in addition to its seasonal collections, he has developed costumes for various dance and theater shows, as well as wardrobes for advertising, fashion events and product launches.
A stylist par excellence, Dino Alves also collaborates on image design projects, namely for Lux – Frágil disco parties, or for publications such as Dance Club. In 2006, he was responsible for the styling and the image production of the “Festival da Canção” participants. In the following two years, he created the Herman Jose’s image for "Chamar a música" and "Roda da sorte" programs. In 2011, he developed the styling of the presenters / actors of the humour program "Estado de Graça", produced by Fictive Productions.
In 2009 he started a collaboration with the Escola Superior de Dança, as costume design teacher.
The collection is inspired by Portuguese pop culture. The Designer's experiences in the countryside, where popular life feels more present, are now portrayed in a contemporary way. Uses and customs, folklore, habits, beliefs, languages, craft techniques, everyday objects and products from a certain time when Dino grew up and trained as an artist, are the source of inspiration, here transformed into a more avant-garde narrative.
Small utilitarian elements that he got used to seeing on a daily basis, such as lady pins, used here as decorative elements, creating visual appearances of embroidery. Recognized silhouettes of religious universes, rural habits, domestic uses and customs, Catholic and pagan celebrations, etc., are brought to contemporary life, reproduced in sophisticated materials: tulle, organic cotton, linen, cotton poplins, organza, cotton twill, viscose, polyester mesh, cotton Vichy and technological fabrics come in black, white, coral, beige, yellow, flag green, gray green, blue, lilac, pink, silver and gold.
In the details, we find midi skirts with sumptuous ruffles and petticoats to create a 50s silhouette that refers to regional folklore costumes. Laced blouses and other pieces associated with a discreet and modest life, but with flashier and daring fabrics. Well-defined waists and prominent hips. Use of decorative elements taken from regional costumes and applied in a contemporary way. Application of ribbons and other elements to create floral details in more futuristic and minimal pieces.
This collection also includes a core of pieces created through the upcycling of tailored suits and coats from a stagnant stock of one of the reference men's stores in Lisbon’s Downtown. Mister Man, which has been around since the early 70's (now completing 50 years old) challenged Dino to create, together, a sub-brand, 2nd (second), with the presentation of a capsule collection reusing pieces from its 80's, 90's and early 2000's stock.