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October

Mexican fashion designer premieres new collection in Newcastle

A top Mexican designer will showcase her new collection in Newcastle tomorrow.

Carmen Rion is holding a special catwalk show at Northern Stage to premiere her latest designs.

Ms Rion, who is a Santander Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University, is one of Mexico’s most exciting designers. Her new collection, which is called 'Mocheval Landscape' will feature modern versions of mochevales - traditional indigenous woven garments.

The designer works closely with indigenous Mexican women, engaging them in the fashion business and in developing designs. She has been sharing her experiences with University staff and students.

She said: "I am delighted to be invited to come to Newcastle, first to share my experiences about working with Mexican women artisans in Chiapas, with British academics, students, and the general public.  And to share my own approach to the fashion industry which relies on bringing together two different structural design processes: ancestral weaving techniques and my own design background."

Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa, from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology invited the designer to Newcastle University on behalf of the Americas Research group. She said: "I was very excited by the collaboration between Mexican indigenous weaving traditions and Carmen's vision as a high profile contemporary Latin American fashion designer.  I also like that Carmen has an ethical approach when working with the women artisans."

An exhibition of mochevals and Mexican artefacts will be on show in Stage 3 of Northern Stage from 5pm. The fashion show will take place from 6pm and will be followed by a question and answer session with the designer. There will then be performances by musical group Ladies of the Midnight Blue and Brooklyn-based poetry act the Climbing Poe Tree. Admission is free.

published on: 10 October 2012