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.
A COMPLEX FORM
‘A complex form’ is a study on the implicit process in a sculptor’s mental approach involved in the act of carving a sculpture. Everything begins with the block and the sistematic fragmentation ends up to be a quest of finding the shape within. ‘The full sculptural expression is spatial, it is the 3 dimentional realization of an idea, either by mass or by space construction.’
Aspects such as weight, pose, curvature, emptiness, tension, proportion, scale and gesture are taken into consideration in order to acknowledge the inside and the outside of every form.
The approach to each shape will focus on carving, as a subtractive technique, as well as modelling, an additive technique. Sculpture is the act of fragmentation, the complex process of substraction - an elaborate act of undressing.
Textile collaboration: Miette Farrer