Monday, December 5, 2011

Ones To Watch in Amsterdam 2012 and Beyond: Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda

Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda's 'Mossformations Dress' 
with mulesing free wool, hand-embroidery, 
and hand-painted with non-toxic 'greener dyes'

There is no doubt that I have a real soft spot for the innovative use of fiber in contemporary fashion and wearable art. Puerto-Rican born designer Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda really epitomizes a new era in ethical knitwear design via her waste-free, free form sculpting, and resourceful use of naturally dyed fibers, hand-spun yarns, and recycled materials. Hovering at the edge of extreme organicism, the craftsmanship behind each of Zaida's pieces serves as a hands-on manifesto regarding the symbiotic relationship that we could all potentially have with our clothing and accessories.


In this spirit, I was excited to see that Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda had been named one of eight finalists for Amsterdam Fashion Week's The Green Fashion Competition in January 2012. This rising design star and self-proclaimed 'concoctionist' definitely definitely has a thing or two to creatively demonstrate about how we might (re)define green fashion and artisan-driven production methods.


Work in progress for the runway in Amsterdam

Stay tuned for more updates on the journey that Zaida takes from NYC to Amsterdam. With internships with Twinkle by Wenlan, Auralis Studio, and Study NY, as well as impressive international design studies and exhibitions up her sleeve, Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda is definitely one to watch on the runway and beyond. Follow the news via Zaida's blog.


Read more about The Green Fashion Competition on Vogue Italia and Ecouterre.

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