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Najla Al-Eida

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!

Najla Aleida

Confessions of a Local

The collection offers a platform for expression under the uniform of Thob and Abaya, using the essence of the culture’s DNA to create an altered khaleeji anti-form.

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Juan Hernandez Daels
biography

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.

@juanhernandezdaels
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About the Selected Project: Confessions of a Local

Najla’s presentation is very well achieved. She has an amazing approach to power-woman dressing. Her inspiration for her collection is very contemporary and intellectual but also emotional and daring. I find it very interesting how she mixes classical ethical elements of her family’s journeys with modern elements, such as tailoring. Her silhouettes are very well achieved.

Her inspiration for her collection is very contemporary and intellectual but also emotional and daring.

Juan Hernandez Daels
Juan Hernandez Daels Fashion Designer
Fashion designer Juan Hernandez Daels, ©Juan Hernandez Daels
Najla Al-eida, ‘Confessions of a Local,’ 2022, Fashion Design © Nic van der Bijl, VCUarts Qatar.

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.

Aisha Mohammed AlFadala
Ayatalla Mohamed

Farida Fathala
Hira Nisar
Najla Al-Eida

Reem Tarek Atout
Shaikha Al Thani

Faculty:
Christopher Fink, Chair

Roda Al Marzouqi, Yang Soon Ju, Ali Khan, Sonali Raman, Esther de Veuve, Federica Visani and Jo Momeam

Najla Al-eida, ‘Confessions of a Local,’ 2022, Fashion Design © Nic van der Bijl, VCUarts Qatar.

Chris Fink, Department Chair

I applaud Juan Hernandez’s selection of Najla Al-Eida as this year’s Curators Pick. For the past three years, I and the fashion faculty at large have all been consistently and greatly surprised and deeply impressed by Najla’s unique vision and unwavering determination to develop her own unique voice, as expressed in her fashion collections.

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.

Exhibition View, Fashion Design © Nic van der Bijl, VCUarts Qatar.

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Class of 2021 Fashion Design Senior Graduating Show

ISSUE No.
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The RAW Talent

MAY–AUG
2022
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