Mafalda Andrade

Contact:
mafalda.andrade99@gmail.com
University/School:
Birmingham City University
Location:
Birmingham
Specialism:
Accessory DesignFashion DesignIllustrationMenswearSustainabiltyWomenswear
About Me

Hi, I’m Mafalda, a Fashion Design graduate from BCU.

I am an avant-garde designer that represents individuals who find confidence in their alternative lifestyle and weirdness through my menswear and womenswear collections that explore gender fluidity. Climate change and overconsumption concerns are always considered in my work by sourcing materials with minimal environmental impact or using repurpose methods.

Within my work, I enjoy creating unique designs ranging from clothing to accessories but also pieces of art through my knowledge of product construction and deconstruction, exploration of surface textures, print application and functional details to push versatility. Each of my collections conveys a message of consciousness to the consumer to consider the importance of product value, longevity, ethics, and building a connection with each piece, therefore helping to reduce waste.

INSPIRATION

My two concepts are called “How Dangerous is Your Own Mind?” and “They Ain’t No Human Beings”.

In collaboration with SuperDry and driven by the narrative in Dominic Fike’s “What Could Possibly Go Wrong” album, “How Dangerous is Your Own Mind?” addresses the non-conforming feeling of having to embody a different persona that doesn't resonate with the inner self, in order to please society’s expectations. The genre-fluid, messy and mismatched songs express the artist’s reflection on fulfilment, optimism, but also on nihilistic thoughts about the future, the dark side of Hollywood and cancel culture.

“They Ain’t No Human Beings” is a concept emerging from a crazy mind-blowing conspiracy theory centred around a reptilian take over of the Earth, with popular literary and television references. These Martians are claimed to be shape-shifters from outer space who present themselves as humans to assume the power of governments and the entertainment industry. The question is whether you believe this is true or just another psychological disorder looking for an explanation to the bad in the world...

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Sustainably made prints and textiles were heavily used to construct and present the collections.

Aligned to the proposed SuperDry x BCU brief, the first collection aims to re-create SuperDry garments through drape, deconstruction and up-cycling, while also acknowledging the appropriate target audience and connection to the brand. For the final outcome, I made a waterproof poncho and a long boxy jacket as a full look. Throughout the second collection, the concept ideas have developed into unconventional shapes, prints and textures emerging from dreamy and somewhat psychedelic lines referring back to mind manipulation and the origin of certain beliefs. By collecting garments from my wardrobe, including a tailored suit inherited from my mom, I started developing designs that focus on diversity of both garment types and accessories such as bags, gloves, leg warmers, socks and scarves. To represent my collection, I chose a look consisting of a padded poncho, a sleeveless shorts boilersuit and an adjustable waist bag, which was thoroughly digitally rendered in CLO 3D software and styled in a virtual photos

I encourage my audience to feel a sense of belonging in a world of social diversities and rules of acceptance, where thinking outside the box can commonly be judged as mad crazy or problematic.
Accessory DesignFashion DesignIllustrationMenswearSustainabiltyWomenswear
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