International fashion design alumna’s success at Lima Fashion Week

Peruvian fashion design alumna Anna Mancilla was announced first runner-up at the 13th edition of the Young Creators to the World contest.

Designs from Anna Mancilla's Willkas collection at Lima Fashion Week
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Designs from Anna Mancilla's Willkas collection at Lima Fashion Week

Peruvian BA (Hons) Fashion Design alumna Anna Mancilla made her mark at the 2017 Lima Fashion (LIF) Week, where she was announced first runner-up at the 13th edition of the Young Creators to the World contest.

The annual competition, organised by PROMPERU, aims to showcase and promote the amazing work of talented local fashion designers. This year’s theme was duality, and contestants were limited to certain local fabrics such as alpaca and Peruvian cotton.

Peru has a long history in textiles dating back ten thousand years, with pre-Incan museums all around the country featuring beautiful textiles from ancient cultures.

Anna, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2016, was one of 80 designers who entered the contest. She told us: “I was extremely happy knowing that my work had finally made it on the Peruvian fashion platform. Being part of this contest has helped my career so much.

“I received a lot of press in South America, and some of my design collection was even shipped to New York for a magazine photoshoot.”

Anna Mancilla with her runway models
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Anna Mancilla with her runway models

Since graduating, Anna has taken responsibility for her family textile business, working with various boutiques and retailers to develop their knitwear design collections.

She also volunteers with small local textiles and ancient weaving communities, delivering creative workshops, and visits one of the male prisons in Lima every Friday to work with some of the inmates on sewing and weaving.

“NTU gave me the knowledge and opportunities to start my career in fashion design. I had great opportunities; from winning the 2015 menswear competition with Bolongaro Trevor, to being a part of Graduate Fashion Week’s (GFW) 25th anniversary in London.

“I feel incredible honoured to have received the education I did in England. There is a big difference in terms of creativity and resources in fashion careers in South America and in England.”

International designer Michael Costello also attended LIF Week, captivating visitors with his recent collection for brides.

International fashion design alumna’s success at Lima Fashion Week

Published on 13 November 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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