"Brazil Through The Eyes of Portinari," a new show by Ronaldo Fraga, connects art with fashion while exploring topics of oppression, war, and peace.
Date & Time
Thu, May 16, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
7610 Northeast 4th Court
Miami, FL 33138
The55Project, in collaboration with the Portinari Institute, brings the designer Ronaldo Fraga to promote the connection between art and fashion, on May 16 to 18, at the Miami Ironside.
All the project elements revolve around what the poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade defines as the "Portinari Universe". It will be three days of dynamic activities - a fashion show, documentaries, art talks, education components with schools & workshops - all these in a set design and inspired by Portinari's work. The event will also include a dance presentation inspired by the Portinari's work "Guerra e Paz" as a tribute to the Brazilian ballerina Ana Botafogo.
The Fashion Show
"Guerra e Paz", one of the most famous works from the painter Cândido Portinari, was the starting point of the creative process for the fashion designer from Minas Gerais state, Ronaldo Fraga. In his collection, peace will be represented by flowers and bright colors, while war will be on dark blue, navy and brown. "I haven't focused in the political side of Portinari. It was sad to understand that we have more items for war, than we do for peace."The designer refers to points such as social, racial, and environmental differences, genocide of minorities and of the LGBT population.
The collection that will be presented in Miami is the same as the one presented this month at the 47th edition of São Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the biggest fashion event of Latin America. "Art strengthens people, it gives us something intangible, which many calls self- esteem, but that, before anything else, is called courage. Courage to change the course of history," adds Ronaldo.
About The Designer
Born in Belo Horizonte, Ronaldo Fraga graduated in fashion from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He then headed for post-graduate studies at Parsons School in New York and then on to Central Saint Martin's in London, where he studied Millinery.
Fraga is now considered one of the most important names in the history of fashion in Brazil. He stays true to himself instead of being a slave to trends. He appreciates comfort and subtle sensuality instead of more obvious and clichéd eroticism. And above all, he has a unique way of telling moving and unusual stories through each collection.
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