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New Imaginations: Rafael Kouto

Swiss textile and fashion designer Rafael Kouto recently graduated with an MA in Fashion Matters at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to that, Kouto completed his BA at the Institute of Fashion Design - Academy of Arts and Design - FHNW in Basel, Switzerland. With a professional background in Couture (Alexander McQueen and Maison Margiela) and Ethical Fashion (Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations - International Trade Center) and lately for the ready-to-wear brand Carven in Paris, Kouto’s aim is to continue researching and promoting the use of upcycled waste garments and materials in the creative process and into a larger scale production, both for his own brand and in the sustainable department of fashion brands and groups.

With his collection ALL THE NOTHING THAT WILL REMAIN Kouto focused on sustainable and environmental design systems in the creative process, mixing upcycling with couture technics and crafts on three different main layers: prints, embroidery, and weaving.

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