A pair of pants is a pair of pants, and a top is still a top. Changing the entire being and purpose of a garment is difficult task. But resourceful designers are now mastering the fashion challenge of giving them the necessary sophistication with distorted cuts. Designers like Rafael Ferreira show flair, a good portion of creativity and rely on the deconstruction of the body.
Rafael Ferreira lives and works in Lisbon. After graduating in Fashion Design from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, in 2018 he worked as an intern with designer Constança Entrudo, collaborating in the development of the FS19 collection. In June 2019, he presented the collection at the end of his studies „Collison“ at Carpintarias São Lázaro. He worked at Constança Entrudo as an assistant designer. Participated in the Sangue Novo da ModaLisboa competition in October 2020 and April 2021. He currently works for his brand RafaeloFerreira.
Focusing on the little tangibility that exists between what our reality was and what it is now, Rafael explores ways in which this distortion of the world can be translated into clothes.
Moreover, the designer reflects some of his thoughts questioning body normatives, deconstructing and deforming conventional silhouettes. Shapes and silhouettes dissolve, different materials meet, button bands are shifted, seams are turned inside out and cuts run asymmetrically, the finishes are sturdy and the seams visible. Ferreiras play with fashionable contrasts is a statement par excellence and brings movement into his designs.
Words by Annika Duda
All Images: Courtesy of Rafael Ferreira