We interviewed Rita Sá, one of the designers participating in the last edition of Portugal Fashion.
What is your assessment of this edition of Portugal Fashion?
This edition, like the previous one, was very different from the usual edition, due to the situation in which we find ourselves, but other than that I think that everything went super well the Feedback has been positive.
What was the great inspiration for this collection?
The inspiration was my two grandparents, who unfortunately are no longer here, and have always been very present in my life and I only keep good memories, I tried to remember everything I kept from them, the patterns, the shoulder pads all the pieces were created thinking about both. It was the collection I like the most that gave me. It was good to remember them and honor the two people I miss most and who taught me the most in this life.
What does this collection effectively mean to "tell" the world?
Enjoy all the moments of life to love yours and not leave for tomorrow what you can do today, I think if, doubt a moment of reflection, I hope to have been able to show this, with every detail I have incorporated into it.
What is the reason for the choice of fabrics and colors used?
It was all thought the pattern of my paternal grandmother's balls, the flowers of my maternal grandmother, the blues that I used in the collection I picked up from a shirt of my grandmother that I always liked and wear a lot, the shoulder pads that both wore and portray their time, and clothes more relaxed because both were women from the country, I tried to portray a little of both.
Do you think the pandemic had any impact on the creation of this collection?
I think it helped, because I spent more time at home and when I started to create I had some photos of them there at home and that's when the inspiration came to me, old portraits, where later I started to gather all the photos I could find of both.
Rita Rodrigues de Sá, born on July 7, 1996, finished her degree in Fashion Design at Escola Superior de Arte e Design, in Matosinhos, in the school year 2016/2017.
In July 2017 she reaches the second place in the Young Creators PFN contest and the second place in the i9Jovem Young Creators contest. Having developed several projects during his graduation, he unseats the final collection of Author Fashion course, "Diz-Orientation", which allowed him to be one of the finalists selected for the Sangue Novo da Moda Lisboa contest, in the October 2017 edition. Having won an Honorable Mention in that contest, it was directly entered in the March 2018 edition, where it presents the "Glass Roofs" collection and is again distinguished with an Honorable Mention. She is also distinguished with the FASHIONCLASH award, which led her to present her collection at the reco-nhecido festival in Maastricht, Netherlands, in June this year. In Maastricht she won the Vancouver Fashion Week award, which gives her the opportunity to present her collection at the Vancouver fashion week in Canada.
In December 2017 she is invited to include the group of three Portuguese representatives in the Portugal Fashion Design Competition, in a total of nine countries present.
With the collection "Glass Roofing" she also becomes one of the finalists of the REBELPIN - Fashion Awards by ACTE contest, which took place in Berlin, Germany, in July this year.