We asked special guests to choose a student whose work must be highlighted, whose talents they want to share with the world and whose names we’ll all soon know in Qatar.
Discover fashion designer Juan Hernandez Daels' pick!
Confessions of a Local
Juan Hernandez Daels
Juan Hernandez Daels is a Belgian-Argentinian MA Fashion Design graduate with high honors from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, continuing his postgraduate education in London’s Central St Martins.
After graduating, Juan launched a label under his own name. Ever since he presents his collections during Paris Fashion Week, where his designs are distributed in France, USA, Middle East and Asia. In 2014, he opened his first flagship store in Buenos Aires, becoming one of the most prominent emerging designers of his country.
His work has been featured in Vogue and Harper’s bazaar covers, as well as in multiple editorials worldwide, dressing celebrities like Queen Maxima, Rihanna or Charlize Theron.
About the Selected Project: Confessions of a Local
The VCUarts Qatar Fashion Design department is extrapolating culture as an approach to fashion design allows for radical investigations that consider unconventional, and personal perspectives. These new perspectives are redefining aesthetics, celebrating innovative thinking, and challenging what is familiar.
Christopher Fink, Chair
Roda Al Marzouqi, Yang Soon Ju, Ali Khan, Sonali Raman, Esther de Veuve, Federica Visani and Jo Momeam
Chris Fink, Department Chair
Transcending the obvious task at hand of a designer’s ambition to produce a creative visual aesthetic for their collections, Najla explores and disrupts sensitive cultural norms as she carves a highly creative niche for herself as a voice of her generation, inviting the world to see a new perspective.
Finding the courage to disrupt traditional norms is the mission of every great artist. I predict Najla Al Eida will continue to disrupt and inspire a world always in motion and find continued success in her creative journey.
Class of 2021: Student Safa Al-Hadithi
Class of 2021 Fashion Design Senior Graduating Show
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