Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer explored the traditions and techniques of indigenous Mexican artisans and how they can be applied to modern fashion and styles. Carla Fernández has gained international recognition for her extraordinary approach to documenting and preserving the rich textile heritage of Mexico's indigenous communities by transforming it into beautiful contemporary clothing, and proving tradition is anything but static.

The Barefoot Designer was multi-faceted exhibition consisting of garments, textiles, drawings, photographs, performance, video, workshops and source materials demonstrating Fernández's multi-layered design process. The garments were activated through live and filmed dance performance by dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, bringing to life the notion of "clothing as canvas." 


Premiere: April 17-September 1, 2014 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Performances: March 23-May 15, 2016 at at the Museo Jumex

                       July 1-2, 2016 at Singapore International Festival of Arts

                       October 25, 2017 at Society of the Americas 

Fashion: Carla Fernández

Choreography: Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener 



Film by Ramiro Chavez