Lara Torres is a fashion designer who has focused her career on fashion research and the relationship between clothing and identity. In 2004 she graduated in Fashion Design from Citex Porto (2003), having won a prize from Sangue Novo, a platform for new designers, which gave her the possibility of working with Alexander McQueen and later in the Miguel Rios design studio. This allowed her to discover so-called “fashion technology”. By applying technology to fashion and exploring materials to create “smart clothing”, her research combines experimental practices from fashion film with contemporary theory and research, exploring the practice as a research process. A clear example was the project entitled “An Impossible Wardrobe for the Invisible”, which explored the concept of “temporary clothing” made from materials that could be dissolved in water, where water itself took on the role of “designing” the end result. Her work has been displayed at international exhibitions such as The Future of Fashion is Now (2014/15) at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum of Rotterdam. She currently forms part of the Transfashional project, which is staged in London, Warsaw and Vienna during 2017, participating in the “Transfashional” exhibition of experimental fashion recently opened in the context of contemporary art.
An engineer who executes projects centred on the textile industry, involving designers, artists, engineers, scientists and businesspeople during the design process to create intelligent and ultra-personalized textile services.