Fashion Open Studio - Argentinean designer GARCIA BELLO

About Fashion Open Studio

Fashion Open Studio is Fashion Revolution’s showcasing initiative, launched in 2017. It is an event series that aims to celebrate the people and processes behind fashion. They work with emerging designers, established trailblazers and major players to promote industry transparency and longevity through simple, authentic narratives that resonate with consumers and creatives alike. The programme takes place both digitally and offline in physical events.

About the project

Fashion Open Studio and the British Council will present a series of studio events and workshops with nine international designers in response to the themes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. Launching at Digital Design Weekend at the V&A, during London Design Festival in September 2021, nine participating designers from across the world have been selected to open up their studios virtually to showcase their creative responses to fashion’s environmental impact and the climate talk themes of Adaptation and Resilience and Nature. The digital event series will take place between 25 September - 12 November, forming part of the British Council's The Climate Connection global programme. The event series will be animated by a physical activation in Glasgow during COP26 (1-12 November) which will offer the public and COP26 attendees alike an opportunity to interact with the open studio activities in person.

Digital Events and Platform

Each of the selected designers will create a digital event for the Fashion Open Studio x COP26 event programme. These take a variety of format from studio tours, demos, workshops, exhibition tours, fashion films, process films and sewing circle discussions. Events will take place between 25 September – 12 November in the lead up to and during COP26.

Americas representation

One of the selected designers is GARCIA_BELLO, a sustainable brand based on upcycling methods. The brand is based between Rio Grande in Argentina and Arnhem in the Netherlands. The items in each collection are made of donated hand-me-downs, old or discarded clothes combined with raw biodegradable cotton, locally produced. 

Fashion Open Studio - Argentinean designer GARCIA BELLO
Fashion Open Studio - Argentinean designer GARCIA BELLO

Watch this film showing GARCIA_BELLO 's journey through their history, values, processes and work and follow the designer's approach to donation systems and upcycling methods in their home city of Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and their adopted city of Arnhem, Netherlands. You can also watch a digital gallery tour by Latin American upcycling community Supra.org followed by an open-source upcycling workshop with Garcia Bello and friends from Supra here.

For more information about all of the designers and workshops please visit www.fashionopenstudio.com

British Council and Fashion Open Studio

Fashion Revolution has partnered with the British Council since 2017 on a variety of projects and initiatives including a series of policy dialogues, a professional skills toolkit and series of training events, a global study retreat and a set of creative commission projects with artists and creatives around the world. For COP26, our partnership will focus on Fashion Open Studio and building on this existing initiative to highlight the work of designers from around the world who are challenging the status quo of the industry and generating solutions to the harmful environmental impacts of the fashion industry.