A collection by Mariel Manuel, MoMu Award winner 2010
I present my world, one where over-tanned bodybuilders hang out with Venuses and superheroes of the ocean, where blonde curls are bleached by chlorine and salty water and where seaweed floods the horizon. A mermaid’s plastic tan doesn't fade.
Deep in the woods, trees have eyes and moonlight casts enchanted shadows. You wake up and find a bear is living in your fur coat.
Following her graduation, Mariel Manuel was first working under Nicolas Ghesquière at the Balenciaga design studio, then under Alexander Wang. In 2013, she was called to join the new creative direction team at Paco Rabanne, where she worked as creative force next to Julien Dossena for four years.
Afterwards, Mariel decided to dedicate her time and energy to her own personal creative projects which have been vital alongside professional work since graduation. She works in an array of creative expression, mainly illustrations for magazines, textile prints, painting exhibitions, book publications, creative 3D garment design for brands and photo shoots. She gives workshops and is a consultant for different brands.
Every year, MoMu awards a prize to one of the graduating Master students of the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp: originality, a strong visual language and craftsmanship are key ingredients for a collection to win a prize.
The MoMu Award gives a single student the opportunity to present his or her collection in an exhibition at the MoMu Gallery.
Special thanks to Mariel Manuel and the photographers Sophie Brasey, Maya Rochat, Etienne Tordoir and Valentina Vos.