Sunday, October 9, 2011


"Protect me from what I want" is the motto for Ricardo Dourado's collection Spring 2012. The Portuguese designer was inspired by one of the best-know works of the American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer. Holzer belongs to the feminist branch of a generation of artists that emerged around 1980, looking for new ways to make narrative or commentary an implicit part of visual objects, and she is mostly known for her large-scale public displays that include billboard advertisements, projections on buildings and other architectural structures, as well as illuminated electronic displays.Holzer's works often speak of violence, oppression, sexuality, feminism, power, war and death. Her main concern is to enlighten, bringing to light something thought in silence and was meant to remain hidden. No wonder Ricardo Dourado presents his collection strongly expressed by the street environment where gangs are distinguished as much as for their violence as for their attitude. Dourado's looks gave us clear design where the cut is the statement in dry-touch materials, crepes wires and many cottons, making games of unlikely looks.

Photos by Joao Lamares Photography

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