Collaboration one: Martin Churba and Shilpa Chavan
- 26 June 2012
- From the section Magazine
Martin Churba is one of South America's most celebrated fashion designers.
Touted by Wallpaper* magazine as "the designer's designer", Churba, from Buenos Aires in Argentina, began his career as a photographer and moved into fashion design in the late 1990s after experimenting with printing his own photos onto fabric.
In 2003, he launched the multi-disciplinary design studio Tramando, producing everything from ready-to-wear dresses in his trademark heavy knits to avant-garde one-off garments and even home furnishings.
The creative hub of Tramando is based in a five-storey French colonial town house in Recoleta, one of the chicest districts of Buenos Aires.
And Churba has also opened Tramando stores in Tokyo and New York.
He is an innovator, creating textiles, shapes and textures - he describes his studio is his laboratory.
Shilpa Chavan, also known by the name of her fashion label Little Shilpa, is a milliner, stylist, designer and artist at the forefront of Mumbai's fashion scene.
Her designs, championed by Lady Gaga, have featured at London Fashion Week and been exhibited internationally at art galleries and museums.
Chavan's work is a marriage of art school flair and a love of traditional Mumbai culture, and she regularly dips her toes into conceptual art projects.
One such project saw her build a collection over just a few days entirely sourced from objects acquired at Bangalore's giant street markets.
She transformed objects as diverse as empty plastic bottles, children's toys and even market stall underwear into spectacular sculptures, hats and clothing.