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.
Inspired by one of the designer’s favorite artists, Leonor Fini — the eternal incarnation of infinite realities — for whom the combination of half-animal, half-woman was the ideal state.
This collection is a window for an escapist aesthetic, revealing the fantastic realm of all the women she hid within herself. In an extremely sensorial work, the silhouettes were explored through drape and crafted from repurposed fabrics and textile manipulations.