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Following her residency, Fernández began to develop her 2014 exhibition, Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer—A Passion for Radical Design with Pieranna Cavalchini, curator, Ramiro Chavez, photographer and filmmaker, and Pedro Reyes, artist. It was a multi-faceted installation consisting of clothing, textiles, masks, photographs, video, workshops, performance, and source materials, demonstrating her highly collaborative design process.
As a way to broaden audience’s understanding and response to fashion, dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener were commissioned to create and perform a series of works incorporating Fernández fashions, masks, and sometimes objects from the gallery.
Fernández returned to present her Spring/Summer 2015 collection in Calderwood Hall and in the Museum’s Courtyard. Many of the looks included fabrics inspired by the Mexican tiles from Peubla that Isabella arranged and installed in the Spanish Cloister.
Weekly workshops included tassel making, embroidery, fashion design, and two intensive backstrap loom workshops with master weavers from Chiapas, Mexico.