Lara Torres is Senior lecturer and Course Leader of MA Fashion and Textiles, as well as a fashion designer who has focused her career on fashion research and the relationship between clothing and identity. On the 15th of December, Lara will be giving a talk at Out of Metrics, a series of events curated by FAD, that discover the work of international designers and architects who work at the intersections of design, technology, and the environment.
These professionals have gained international recognition by putting the focus on relations between design and people, either in the sphere of speculation, availing themselves of critiques of the system, or working side by side with the community.
In 2004 Lara graduated in Fashion Design from Citex Porto, having won a prize from Sangue Novo, a platform for new designers, which gave her the possibility of working with Alexander McQueen.
Graduated from the innovative MA Fashion Artefact at the London College of Fashion in 2011, Lara redirected her fashion career to an emphasis on research.
Her research combines experimental practices from fashion film with contemporary theory and research, exploring the practise as a research process. A clear example was the project entitled An Impossible Wardrobe for the Invisible, which explored the concept of ‘temporary clothing’ made from materials that could be dissolved in water, where water itself took the role of ‘designing’ the end result.
Lara’s work has been displayed at international exhibitions such as The Future of Fashion is Now, at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum of Rotterdam. She currently forms part of the Transfashional project, which is staged in London, Warsaw and Vienna during 2017.