Take a deeper look and get to know 4 Portuguese fashion designers to date.
Luís Buchinho born in Setúbal in 1969, is a Portuguese fashion designer. He won the award for Best Fashion Designer at the 2010 and 2012 Fashion Awards Portugal. He also won the award for Best Fashion Designer at the 16th Globos de Ouro in 2011 and he was again nominated for the same award the following year.
- Felipe Oliveira Baptista was born in 1975 on the Portuguese Atlantic archipelago of the Azores. He graduated from Kingston University in London, where he studied design and fashion design. Thereafter he worked for Max Mara, Christophe Lemaire and Cerruti. In 2003, he founded his own label and now lives and works in Paris with his wife and two children. In 2005, he was invited to show in the official calendar of Couture for the first time. His collections have been sold in stores such as Colette and Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Podium in Moscow. He is a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. In 2010 he was appointed creative manager of Lacoste. In 2014, Felipe Oliveira Baptista stopped his ready-to-wear line for his brand. Mr. Baptista’s current work is a within the mainstream of high fashion.
- Fátima Lopes comes from the Portuguese island of Madeira. She was born and grew up in its capital city, Funchal. Since an early age she showed an interest in fashion and during her adolescence, unhappy with what the shops had to offer in terms of clothing, started to design her own clothes. Being fluent in English, French and German, she worked as a tourist guide for a local travel agency.In 1990 Fátima moved to Lisbon, where she believed she could better pursue a career as a fashion designer. With a friend she opened a boutique named “Versos”, which sold mainly clothes from international designers. In 1992 the boutique changed its name to “Fátima Lopes” and in that year the Fátima Lopes brand was born. In September of the same year, she participated in a fashion show made in an old convent in Lisbon (Convento do Beato), where her work was widely applauded.In 1994 she exhibited her collection in Paris at the “Salon du Prêt-à-Porter Feminin”. Two years later she opened her first international store in Paris, located in the famous rue de Grenelle. At the same time she began to diversify her collections by creating bags and shoes for both men and women.In December 1998, she started the management of the model agency “FACE MODELS” in Lisbon.In the year 2000 she caused a media sensation by appearing on a catwalk herself in Paris wearing the world’s most expensive bikini, made out of gold and diamonds, with an estimated value of one million dollars. In 2003 she opened her first brand store in the United States, located in Melrose Avenue in the city of Los Angeles.She worked on the design of the official suit of the 2006 Portuguese football World Cup team.
- Isilda Pelicano was born in Alfaiates, Sabugal Municipality, Portugal and received her Fashion Design degree from the IADE – Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing in Lisbon. She started her career in 1991 and has presented women’s Collections every season under the brand name Isilda Pelicano since then.She has also had regular participation in several Fashion Shows such as FILMODA, PORTO DE MODA, PORTUGAL FASHION, FASHION BUSINESS ANGOLA.Through a separate division within her company, Isilda has also carried out significant work in the area of uniforms design. Clients have included the Portuguese Government Loja do Cidadão, Portugal Telecom for the Expo ‘98, UEFA Euro 2004™ and UEFA Euro 2008™. In 2013 launched the project JANS Concept, translating a passion for “things” and for “arts” of nature, a cultural and lifestyle brand dedicated to renew the traditions of northern Alentejo.She was a past winner of the “Smirnoff Fashion Award” and is a frequent feature in Portuguese newspapers and magazines. Most recently, Isilda was voted as “Best Female Personality in Fashion – 2006”nby readers of popular Portuguese publication Lux Magazine and in 2011 she was awarded a Career Prize “Prémio IADE Carreira 2011”