‘Immoral.’ ‘Stupid.’ Two words encompass a message as direct as it is lapidary: there is no rational nor moral justification for the proliferation of nuclear armaments in today’s political landscape - if ever.
Nevertheless, the simplicity of said message acquires new dimensions due to its formal instance: the words appear, bold and overwhelming, on a piece of clothing, acting both as a mobile signboard and a commentary on fashion’s role in social commentary and transformation.
This is constitutive throughout the practice of Carla Fernández, a Mexican fashion designer whose ethic derives from the notion that ‘another fashion system is possible’ and who has worked tirelessly with her brand to create an inclusive, communal and sustainable productive environment.
Known primarily for her efforts to celebrate and preserve centuries-old textile techniques belonging to Indigenous communities and other popular collectives in Mexico, her work transcends simple notions of political posturing. Her Fashion House, managed along with partner Cristina Rangel, collaborates in the design and production processes with artisans all across Mexico, celebrating their living cultures and using the brand’s global presence to promote social justice and fair trade.