Lara Torres
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About Lara Torres

"I am looking at fashion as a belief but also in an intrinsic relation to a system, or systems, that understand fashion as a theoretical and methodological framework for understanding the complex dynamic relationship between the body, dress, and culture. I describe my practice as being rooted in fashion but no longer subdued by its disciplinary boundaries. Fashion practices are what I do in order to understand what fashion is." - Lara Torres

Maria Lima interviews Lara Torres regarding her research project, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lara Torres is a senior lecturer at the MA Fashion & Textiles and BA Fashion & Textiles at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Portsmouth. She holds a doctorate from University of Arts London, at the London college of fashion with the thesis ‘Towards a practice of unmaking: the essay film as critical discourse for fashion in the expanded field’. Her research sits at the intersection of fashion design, fine arts, and film practice and theory, exploring notions of an expanded field of fashion, critical fashion and fashion film practices in the twenty first century. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions including The future of fashion is now (2014/15) in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, touring to the OCT Art & design gallery in Shenzhen and the OCAT Contemporary Art terminal Shanghai in China (2015/16). She took part in the international experimental fashion project Transfashional that took place in London, Warsaw, Vienna and Kalmar between 2016 and 2018. In 2018 exhibited at the State of Fashion, former Arnhem Fashion Biennale with her film ‘Unmaking’ displayed also on the online catalogue. Lara recently took part of the international touring exhibitions ‘Why-what-who: 10 years of fashion artefacts’ alongside the Venice Architecture Biennale as part of a design fringe festival Design.Ve (23 May 2018 - 17 June 2018). Touring to BIFT Science, Art and Fashion Festival as part of the section Artefact as a political voice in Beijing, China and moving on next year to Argentina, opening on October 2019 at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, in Buenos Aires. Lara has published articles on academic journals exploring practice-as-research.



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2013 Awarded an FCT Doctoral Studentship to Study a Research Degree (PhD) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London 2011 Awarded the Unique design Award for the project An impossible wardrobe for the invisible at the Fashioning the Future Awards by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion London 2009 Awarded a Calouste Gulbenkian Studentship for Especializacao e Valorizacao Profissional em Artes to Study a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Fashion Artefact at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London 2007 Blickfang Design Prize in the category product at the Blickfang Design Fair [Vienna, October 2007] 2003 Awarded a Sangue Novo Award at the Lisbon Fashion Week with a grant for an international internship at studio Alexander McQueen, London [2003-04]





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