Born and based in Lisbon, Constança Entrudo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017 with a BA in Textile Design. She has worked as a designer for Balmain, Peter Pilotto and Marques'Almeida.
For her SS19 collection she held her first catwalk show in Lisbon Fashion Week and quickly gained notoriety for her deconstructed woven fabrics that result from a process which involves bonded recycled threads. Known for combining handmade fabrics and bold graphic prints, Constança Entrudo has attracted attention from the likes of Suzy Menkes, who cited her fabrics as “high quality of handwork” on Vogue UK and many other press. All her pieces are created in accordance with her belief that making clothes is about the way we reuse flat fabric to a 3D figure form of the human body.
Constança Entrudo was the winner of The Who’s Next Prize last September in Lille, France.
This collection is inspired by Anne Colliers’ artwork Questions (Connection), exploring the idea that ‘a question is an answer but an answer is not a question’ and the importance of making questions throughout Constança’s work. She keeps asking questions to keep creativity and possibilities going, drawing us into her own perspective.
Constança Entrudo’s point is to challenge established codes of what represents the fashionable body through strategies of parody, humour, and inversion - always including an element of performance. The designer is highly inspired by performance artists such as Erwin Wurm and Franz West.
All the pieces are genderless and connected in a way. First through buttons (a collaboration with the jewellery designer Colomb D’Humieres) made of many different materials, found in the most different places, and which are the most important element of this collection. These buttons connect different pieces together making most of the collection become deconstructable and gives the wearer the possibility of wearing them in more than two different ways, as a game or a puzzle. The collaborations are also essential in her work as Constança invites other designers, artists and writers to join her creative approach. They mean a very strong connection with people from different backgrounds countries and fields that she feels connected to in some kind of way.
Through the act of repetition in the show, as a live performance, the viewer drags the attention to the pieces deconstruction and all its details in a different way.
COLOMB D’HUMIERES - Trained as a jeweler and a metal worker, runs a studio transforming material into jewellery.
NADIA WIRE - Danish knitwear designer whose work is always focused on colour and textures
MARIE HAZARD - Uses weaving in the most traditional way it is a slow process of fabric making, highlighting the importance of time and detail in a world of fast fashion.