Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself, who you are and what you do? And, since you are the first male member winning our contest, what’s your connection with fashion?
I’m a full time worker at “Coral Way Animal Clinic”, a place that I own together with my friend. I take care of animals, they are my way to do what I love, but also I found fashion running in my veins, so fashion is the way to introduce my alter ego.
My connection with fashion started when I entered Miami International University of Art and Design to study fashion design in 2005 and four years later I got my BFD. Since then I’m a dreamer and my designs reflect my love of art, history and travel. They are a collage of techniques, fabrics and construction details giving the clothes a unique and always feminine look.
I love to work and create with my hands. I have a strong skill in fashion design, technical illustration, fashion illustration, mood board making, conceptual design and good coloring.
So, your fashion design studies explain your very professional sketches. Do you have any tips for our members who don’t have your skills and experience but would still like to take part in our contests? Any tools or techniques you can recommend? Tricks of the trade?
When I first started, I used to do a collage with my illustrations. I then improved the collages with Photoshop. This is a good technique I used back in juniors years at school.
I recommend to get some nice background pictures from magazines, cut your illustrations and glue them to the pictures before you scan and upload them.
Since you studied fashion design, I assume you can sew? Do you sew clothes for yourself? Or for (female) friends?
I love the creative part of fashion as well as the production itself and I enjoy sewing a lot. Unfortunately I don’t have too much time for it, but I do manage to create some projects. I like to design for both genders, but I am more directed towards females. My creations are posted on Burdastyle under my name Ricardo Abreu.
Thank you, Ricardo!