Lara Torres's fashion 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. Torres is a Teaching Fellow in fashion at the School of Art and Design, University of Portsmouth. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arts London, at the London College of fashion with the thesis Towards a practice of unmaking: a strategy for critical fashion practices, where she is currently waiting for her viva exam to finish her Doctorate. 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 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, that travelled to the OCT Art & Design Gallery in Shenzhen and the OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai (2015/16). She is interested in collaborative practices having taken part in Lucy & Jorge Orta’s Fabulae Romanae in 2012 at the Maxxi Museum in Rome and several collaborative projects with performer Sonia Baptista. She is currently a part of the project Transfashional taking place in London, Warsaw and Vienna during the year 2017, taking part in the recently opened exhibition Transfashional, experimental fashion in the context of contemporary art (19/05 – 04/06/2017) at the Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski [Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art] in Warsaw, Poland. She presented her work at the international conference The End of Fashion both as an artist as an academic (2016). Her research merges experimental fashion film practices with contemporary theory and research exploring practice-as-research.
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]