In my last collection ‘Hollywood Forever’, inspired by Hollywood’s broken dreams, suburbia Royal Trux and Frances Farmer,
By [ FASHION FANZINE ]
All images courtesy of Maria Soromenho
I’ve always been really interested in clothes, not making them specifically but creating costumes/personas for different plays I used to organise as kid. I needed those imaginary worlds and scenarios so I’ve always been interested in creating looks.
I was born in Portugal and travelling has always been a huge part of my life. I lived in my hometown Setúbal, in Lisbon, Paris, London, New York, Shanghai and Los Angeles.
I studied basic design and scenography and only briefly fashion,
After interning in Paris at the Les Arts Décoratifs – Musée de la Mode et du Textile helping put together Hussein Chalayan’s exhibition Récits de Mode I decided to focus on making clothes/working in fashion.
I made my first womenswear capsule collection in 2013. Since then I experimented with knitwear, jewellery…I did silk scarves and now do print.
I had my own art exhibition in Shanghai this year and since then have been painting a lot! It became a relevant part of my work. In my last collection ‘Hollywood Forever’, inspired by Hollywood’s broken dreams, suburbia Royal Trux and Frances Farmer, all pieces feature an all over print that came from unique handmade drawings and paintings made by me.
I always shoot my collections in a mix of analog and digital and specially love polaroids.
I always loved travelling, since very young. It is second nature for me and I’m always looking for opportunities to do it. I’m sure travelling influences my creative work a lot. Even if just subconsciously. You gain visual culture by going to different places, living among different people/cultures…
[FF] What you learned and developed working for Hussein Chalayan.
I worked for the museum Les Arts Deco – putting together Hussein Chalayan’s exhibition. I was really interested in Hussein Chalayan’s work already but interning at the museum made me study his work (specially his early work) deeply. He’s one of my role models in fashion, I learned a lot from his extremely conceptual and relevant body of work.
[FF] What is the meaning with your designs?
Each collection has had a different concept. All my work tends to be auto-biographical… so whatever I’m going through/ whatever I’m into to at the moment of designing the collection is reflected in my designs.
[FF] The mixing of art and fashion?
[FF] Why you shoot your own collections, what you are looking to express with this?
I only shot one collection myself. Apart from it I always worked with up & coming photographers. I really love doing it.
[FF] What subcultures inspire you, how you explore these inspirations.
All subcultures… specially the more DIY ones… like all the ones related to punk…New York No Wave in the late ’70s/early 80’s…
[FF] What the collaborations with other artists involve and what the reason you enjoy these processes?
I learn a lot from working with other people. It is an exchange of ideas and you see things from other perspectives.
[FF] And your belief in slowly handcrafted products and sustainable designs, why is this important to you, your audience and the world? How will you maintain and develop the focus on this?
It is the only way to go. The world has enough products… enough clothes. It is not sustainable anymore. I also like the idea of people buying something special that means something to them, that they can keep for years to come.
This month I am launching my online shop where I plan to start selling some of my clothes and scarves : www.maria-soromenho.com.
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