In Fashion Forward: From Madeira to Paris at PechaKucha Night Loulé Vol. 1, Fatima Lopes, a Portuguese fashion designer, shares the story of her aspirations of becoming a runway fashion designer that began on her hometown, the quaint, lovely Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. From there, she traveled to Libson and then, eventually the infamous mecha of Fashion, Paris. There she persevered and followed her dreams to become the renowned designer she is today. You won't want to miss out on this inspiring tale!
Fatima Lopes (Funchal, March 8, 1965) is a Portuguese fashion designer.
Natural of Madeira, Fatima Lopes grew up in the city of Funchal. Since child showed an interest in the fashion world and during his teens, dissatisfied with the outfit that was sold in Funchal, started creating clothes for herself. Thanks to his fluency in foreign languages, worked in Funchal as a tour guide for a travel agency.
In 1990 he moved to Lisbon in order to pursue a career as a stylist. In this city opened with a friend a store called "Versus", which essentially sold clothing from international designers. In 1992 the store's name changed to "Fátima Lopes". In September of the same year he participated as creative a fashion show held in a convent in Lisbon, where its proposals were well received.
In 1994 shows his first clothing in the "Salon du Prêt-à-Porter Feminin" in Paris. The following year participates in the national fashion event, the "Portugal Fashion". Between 1996 and 1998, Fatima starts to draw shoes and wallets directed either to the female audience, whether the male audience.
In 1996 opens its first international store, located in the city of Paris.
Since 1999 participates twice a year in the Hall Paris Fashion currently being this only Portuguese. In 2000 causes great media attention by parading in the French capital the most expensive bikini in gold and diamonds, valued at about one million dollars.
In 2002 he was invited by Mattel to create a Barbie doll and decided to play the doll bikini gold and diamonds used in Paris. In 2003 he opened his first clothing store in the United States, located in the city of Los Angeles.
In 2010 presented sic program "The Pursuit of the Dream" Face model of the year 2010 "