Carla Corpas Paret: Wallpaper* Next Generation 2021

Our Next Generation 2021 showcase shines a light on 21 outstanding graduates from around the globe, Wallpaper’s pick of the best new talent in seven creative fields. Here, we profile fashion graduate of Istituto Europeo di Design, Barcelona, Carla Corpas Paret.

Jacket by Carla Corpas Paret
Knee-high boots, by Manu Atelier. Fashion: Aylin Bayhan
(Image credit: Byron Chambers)

Spending lockdown in her mountainside home of Montseny in Catalonia, Paret found it difficult to source materials for her collection. ‘The postal service doesn’t operate where I live,’ explains the Spanish designer. ‘I also found the experience of online teaching difficult, as it’s important to understand the tactility and volume of my designs.’ Due to the travel restrictions, the images to accompany her collection were even shot at home with a hay bale-stacked backdrop, using a member of Paret’s family as a model.

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Carla Corpas Paret. Dream collaborator: Iris Van Herpen

(Image credit: Byron Chambers)

Evoking early 19th-century historical dress, Paret’s offering features deconstructed overcoats and capes paired with voluminous skirts and shirting. Her collection is inspired by the contrast between urban and rural life, and the ‘clash of stimuluses’ the designer felt when moving to Barcelona to study. Tailored silhouettes are imagined in organic tones and upcycled materials, and are dyed naturally and printed using rust, mud and plants. Jackets are woven from mossy fabrics, and dungarees are made using floral brocade. ‘Nature is the main subject,’ Paret explains.

The designer is inspired by the historical and narrative-focused designs of John Galliano and the traditional embroidery techniques employed by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, but she also finds resonance with the eco-friendly mindset of outerwear label Patagonia. ‘I like how the brand is constantly innovating to develop new sustainable textiles,’ she says.

Jacket stil life by Carla Corpas Paret

(Image credit: Byron Chambers)


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