The fashion industry, despite being easy enough to get involved with, is one of the hardest to be successful in. Yet, regardless of any bleak economic predictions that would advise most people to do otherwise, some still dare to follow their creative dreams. This is the case for fashion designer David Cabra, who, though being aware of the challenges he will have to face to become a successful fashion designer, is driven, talented, and ambitious enough to shake the Spanish menswear industry from the inside.
David Cabra was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1986. As he became older, he gradually veered towards the world of industrial design, though it wasn’t until 2004 that he decided to explore fashion as a creative art. After watching Helmut Lang’s catwalk on TV, whose collection included the mane of a horse, he truly realised how much creative potential lay in fashion. Two years later he decided to move to Barcelona to study Fashion Design at Felicidad Duce School of Fashion and Design.
He started off, as most designers do, with women’s wear, but soon realised that that was a world that offered perhaps too much freedom. Volumes and shapes are often exaggerated and highlighted, on the other hand menswear focuses on the structure and functionality of the garments. By bending and reinventing established sartorial restrictions, David Cabra is able to bring clothes back to life through a more subtle and analytical eye.
His first collection Monsieur Primitif A/W 2010/11, winner of MODAFAD Best Men’s Collection, was inspired by perennial, colossal icebergs. Similarly to the ever-changing nature of these icy structures, his garments revisit traditional tailoring, materials and details, to present them under a modern, minimalist vision. David Cabra, by employing an utilitarian and vanguardist approach, reconstructs the most basic forms into innovative and functional menswear clothing.
In Barcelona for a few days and want to know more about the life of an emerging designer in Spain? Get in contact with him through his website.
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Contributing Writer: Fier Management
Photo credits: Manolo Menendez (topmost photo), otherwise, Raul Tejero