Some designers shy away from crediting their background or homeland as the main inspiration to their work.
Not Carlos Miele.
“My biggest inspiration is Brazil,” he said in an interview taped for VogueTV.com. “With its way of life, the culture of diversity, the landscape, colors, the light and the freedom with which Brazilians relate to their bodies.”
In his Fall 2011 collection, the country showed up in some pretty direct ways: A print made from a satellite photo, for example.
Then there are the details: Miele is also known for having developed partnerships with artisan cooperatives from several regions of his native country, creating a platform for the type of handcraft techniques that slowly are being lost and forgotten.
Click below for EFE's interview, in Portuguese, with Miele, and footage of the runway show. (Runway footage begins at around the minute mark.)