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Who’s on the hot designer short list?

May 19, 2015

Let’s read where Agustina Delgado Recke finds her inspiration. She is one of the top 10 candidates to the 6th edition of the INVISTA LYCRA® Future Designers award and comes from Argentina.


1.        When did you realize you wanted to become a designer?

Since I was a kid I knew, what I didn’t want to be. I have been always interested in arts. And I have found in fashion the perfect match between the object's study over the body and the study of the human being as the subject that carries meaning to this object. Design, like all cultural constructions, has many social implications but now these are so far from it, that people don’t see beyond clothing.

     2.        What is your ultimate dream job?

I would love to work with any of the big masters: Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Walter Van Beirendonck. There are many more designers that I admire, but there is no doubt that these ones have gone beyond fashion

3.        What inspired your designs for the LYCRA® Future Designers award?

It is inspired by soccer as a symbol of the longing and devotion that produces all over the world, in which all cultures and social classes meet in one passion (real worldwide). The soccer as a meta language of what is popular, the ways of insertion of the mass culture as a construction of thoughts and new social processes to dig up the collective imagination of class. It seeks to re-signify the south identity from the analysis of the resentment about the miscegenation as an archetypal cultural production. Finding that “argentinity” within a confusing Latin-American identity ruled by the complexes of the underdevelopment. The linguistic universe as a main character through the “lunfardo” globalized by the hashtags and the “sudaca” English (1st world meets sudaca style).

4.        If you win, what do you hope to achieve within 12 months?

I hope to have the opportunity of living an international experience on a global company, where I can grow professionally by working with the newest techniques and experts in the field. This would be difficult to find in my country due the lack of development in the industry. I would like to improve my skills for my future in order to be able to develop my other interests, related to the social issues of the industry, with an interdisciplinary team of experts.

5.         What other projects are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently preparing for my final exams and searching for a job in the field. I've just finished my thesis, which motivated me for continuing the study of the social problems about fashion. At this stage, what is in my scope is to define the theoretical framework that together with the future experience will allow me to work on rethinking the current production processes to build a more fair industry (real globalization, "clothes for all")

6.         Tell us a random fact about yourself, or… a secret that no one knows about you (yet!):

I'm very passionate about politics. I enjoy listening to debates and get involved in them.

7.        Is there anything else you would like to share?

I think these awards are a big step to the democratization of fashion by recognizing designers from over the world.  Personally, it has been for me a unique opportunity to be heard and seen as a South American designer given that I don't come from the most recognized fashion institutes and the industry is not developed as in the main fashion cities.