Carolina Raquel graduated from Fashion Design Womenswear at London College of Fashion in 2018. While studying, she worked with different designers and creative teams: Alexandra Moura, Christopher Kane, Roksanda and Simone Rocha.
‘induviae’, her graduate collection, was shortlisted to be showcased at LCF BA 2018 Press show, being highlighted in diverse art and design publications such as Dazed & Confused, Dezeen and Something Curated.
In October 2018, she presented ‘induviae’ at Sangue Novo, the Young Designers Competition of ModaLisboa, being awarded with the FashionClash prize. In March 2019, ‘A complex form’ was showcased at Sangue Novo. Carolina Raquel was awarded with the ModaLisboa Award for Best National Designer: a scholarship of 5000 euros and a Master’s in Collection Design, at Polimoda, in Florence.
"On Kinaesthetics" is an ongoing research project on everyday activities, gestures and objects using standard mass-produced second-hand garments (slip dress, jeans, shirt, t-shirt, suit, high- heel shoes) found in London, Lisbon, Florence flea markets. The surface and shape of these pieces were transformed with wax, foam and velcro, sensorial materials conventionally not used in textiles.
This visual study speaks about the interaction between the body, the garments and the environment within – a quest to understand comfort zones, spatial and extrasensory perception embracing the performative visual aspect of daily activities’ banality and repetitiveness.
Creative direction, concept and textile: Carolina Raquel Gonçalves
Video direction and casting: Lara Angelil
Shoes collaboration: Maria Galvão de Sousa
Sound: Martine Letto
Talents: Naomi Weijand and Becky Namgauds