Juan Diego Martinez Vargas

Contact:
infodiegomartinez@gmail.com
University/School:
IED Barcelona
Location:
IED
Specialism:
Accessory DesignEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignGender NeutralHeritage & CultureSustainabilty
About Me

Hi there! I am your colombian fashion designer

I have been interested in fashion and politics since very early in my life. I have made my career a mix of both to solve social problematics and injustices.

Being born in Colombia and then having moved to the United states and then Barcelona, has given me a multicultural view of things and has shown me that fashion is not only what we live our lives in but it also reflects our own context and it shows us the way to change it for better.

INSPIRATION

I find my inspiration in giving people a voice through fashion

When looking for inspiration i look first in the independent news papers and platforms that speak out about social, economical and political problems that Colombia and latin America might be facing, knowing this i start to research a way to give this problematics a louder and clearer voice through fashion.

Mainly I focus on the problematics of my own country, Colombia, at some level it seems to have so many that i could do an infinite amount of projects regarding those topics and never loose inspiration. As sad as it might sound it is true and i decided to do something about it through my own field.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

I give a new life to second hand garments and left over fabrics from production

When it comes to giving a new life to left over fabrics, i like to play with original colors and textures, for me there is not ugly fabric or garment, just not styled or used the right way, I enjoy finding a way to put things together and giving them a higher meaning. In todays society, clothes don't really have a meaning, and that's what the fashion industry is missing, is missing a soul, something people crave more than a brand or a status that fashion might give them. In my experience, pieces that have meanings and a story behind are harder to let go than lets say garments that result from fast fashion.

Fashion has the power to change society, just like society has the power to change fashion.
Accessory DesignEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignGender NeutralHeritage & CultureSustainabilty
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