Carolina Costa (1997) was born in Lisbon. She studied Technical Fashion Design at Escola de Moda de Lisboa. After her first introduction to industry she moved to London, searching for a new challenge, and completed a BA in Fashion Design at the University for Creative Arts. There she was an intern for several designers, such as Brogger (2019) and Naya Rae (2021).
Returned to Lisbon, Carolina Costa continues to explore her creativity and her passion for the research process, combining feminine and masculine shapes under a contemporary vision.
Photo: Miguel Delicado
Flourish Society finds its purpose in creating a new society which breaks with the norms and conventions that have subdued us all through the years.
In a search for balance, the collection features shapes inspired by traditional Surinamese garments and Kotoberes that hide the feminine shapes. Much like the several cloth sheets that dress a woman’s body, the graffitis in our surroundings are just another layer, suggesting a close look at the subject of toxic masculinity, through the works of Henry Chalfant, street photographer, and a series of essays by Sophie Day.
The project “Bondage Luggage” by Maia Ruth Lee and the second-hand market in Ghana, also called Dead White Man’s Clothes, were equally essential in developing the details, choosing the materials and upcycling, thus originating the manifesto You Throw Me Away.