Peruvian Fashion Panel Discussion

Fashion and Textile Museum, London, London, United Kingdom

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00

Meet the fashion designers featured in Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru joined in conversation with the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft and exhibition curator Hilary Simon.

Chiara Macchiavello, Meche Correa and Mozhdeh Matin work with numerous traditional techniques still practised in communities today, including embroidery, hand woven trimming, appliqué, crotchet and knitwear – celebrating time-honoured Peruvian skills. The work of these designers encourages the sustainability and continuation of these master crafts, which are otherwise at risk of diminishing in a fast moving world.

Explore the stories behind their fashion collections and the passions they have for Peruvian craftsmanship.

Dennis Nothdruft, Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Hilary Simon, 
Guest Curator of Weavers of the Clouds, Textile Arts of Peru
Chiara Machiavello, Director of fashion brand Escudo and fashion designer
Meche Correa, Peruvian designer
Mozhdeh Matin, Director of MOZH MOZH and fashion designer

For more information on the panel speakers please see below.

The event starts at 1pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour, including an opportunity to ask questions. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition before or after the talk.

This talk is free with Exhibition Ticket. 

Exhibition tickets: £9.90 adults | £8.80 concessions | £7 students

Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Hilary Simon is the guest curator of Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru and curated Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum, summer 2014. She is an artist and has exhibited work in solo exhibitions around the world. Hilary’s paintings have been widely published with her artworks used for book covers, greeting cards, pottery and rugs. She facilitates workshops internationally and in the UK, America and Mexico, most recently at the Fashion and Textile Museum, West Dean College, Marlborough Summer School and Art in Action.

Chiara Machiavello is the director of Escudo, a fashion brand and social project where she leads a team composed of her sister Guiliana, Janice Rubini, Christian Duarte and a network of tailors, embroiderers, artisans, weavers.

Chiara is a fashion designer who is motivated to work with Peruvian raw materials and inspired by the textile wealth of Peru. She studied graphic design at the Art Institute of California and then Performance Design and Practice with a focus on costume design, at Central Saint Martins in London.

Chiara’s more recent collections explore her dedication to incorporating elements of traditional folk culture into her modern fashion design. The collections marry the long-celebrated, traditional weaving and embroidery techniques of the Andes with the contemporary cuts and edgy innovations of modern haute couture that can be seen on runways of fashion-forward cities like Paris, London, and Milan. Printed on the tag of every piece is the ESCUDO motto, “Devoted to design, Committed to Heritage”.

Meche Correa is a Peruvian designer with a career spanning 25 years. She travels her native country promoting the art, culture and skills of Peru, working hand in hand with artisans from a diverse range of communities.

Meche is recognized by the Peruvian Government as an ambassador of Peruvian culture. She has received numerous national and international recognitions from the Congress of the Republic of Peru, the Ministry of Culture, the Chamber of Commerce of Lima, UNESCO, The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC), the Ibero-American Biennial of Designers of Madrid 2008, 2010, 2013 and the Centre of Studies for Sustainable Luxury, IE Business School.

Meche’s philosophy represents an ethical and responsible lifestyle with the preservation and care for the environment. She is inspired and committed to sustain and preserve her cultural heritage through creativity and contemporary design.

Peruvian-born Mozhdeh Matin spent her early years moving around Peru with her Iranian parents who came to Peru post-revolution, before the family eventually settled in Lima.

Her brand Mozh Mozh is a fusion of innovative and traditional techniques from Peru. It is a luxury brand that works with artisans championing Peruvian textiles and techniques while emphasizing form and detail in design. She is interested in using the highest quality materials such as Alpaca and Cotton which are native to Peru.

Mozhdeh’s objectives are to continue to forge working alliances with artisans of native villages. It was through her traveling and a love of fashion, particularly textiles, that she first discovered Peru’s inspirational artisan communities. Central to her brand identity, Mozh Mozh collaborates with female artisans in native villages to conserve Peru’s long history of textiles and traditional techniques. Matin works with three to five different groups of women at a given time to produce her collection, and she views the partnership as a true collaboration.

United Kingdom
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF