Inês Manuel Baptista, graduated with an MA in Fashion Design at Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, in 2020. In the same year she was the winner of the first prize in the Sangue Novo competition at ModaLisboa, as a result she concluded the Polimoda MA Collection Design Program in 2021. Her research focus is interdisciplinary, exploring the relationships between bodily experience, memory and clothing. Her design ethos is centered around upcycling and repurposing second-hand and deadstock materials.
“Catarse” is a tribute to an event that acted like liberation.
A work of archeology of memory in order to unveil and materialize experiences, explores the delicate balance between the pleasure we obtain from the moments and the freedom of its detachment, the acceptance of transience, the dialogue between time and memory.
Explores the connection between skin, fabric, texture, weight as the paradox that lies within them, the choice of black as an objective and neutral color, allowing the focus on the construction.
The upcycling of the leather emphasizes the role of clothing as history and memory that survives the body and receives the human mark from, the overlapping of the components, the sealing of the ribbing, its trace, the folds, underline the emotional load, when grouped together report several moments in themselves.
A visual connection with the past, present and future leading up to this moment.