Gabriel Barros is a 16 year old from London, England, but he isn’t your average teen. This 16 year old has constructed beautiful pieces of clothing that look like they should be on the runway at London Fashion Week. His creations are not available for purchase just yet, but be on the lookout for when you can get your hands on a Gabriel Barros original.
Racquel Cocchiola: What does fashion mean to you?
Gabriel Barros: There’s many different interpretations of what fashion is, I think fashion is a second planet on earth, everyone subconsciously live between them. However, on planet Fashion there’s no discrimination, you can be whoever you wish to be.
RC: How would you define your city’s fashion?
GB: Inspiring, I don’t like defining anyone or anything, because who am I? The person I am now, might not be the same later. Definitions are irrelevant.
RC: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
GB: I always enjoyed playing with dolls dressing them/ changing their hair, making them bald and colourful. So, I guess I always wanted to be a fashion designer or be involved somehow with fashion.
RC: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
GB: Last year, I was in an art summer course at Saatchi Gallery in London, and my final piece was a hair dress, I’d say that was my first proper piece of clothing I made.
RC: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.
GB: I don’t really follow processes or rules, to be fair. I love doing stuff randomly, whenever I feel inspired, I just transmit that energy through illustrations or clothes.
RC: Who are some of your favorite designers?
GB: I’m in love with reggae/urban/futuristic designers at the moment, I think there’s so many young designers out there amazingly talented, all they need is a glamorous catwalk to shine.
RC: What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
GB: I get easily inspired by anything, so I would say the best stores you can go to is markets.
RC: Where do you buy your fabrics and other sewing materials?
GB: I haven’t yet, properly started anything. I’m only experimenting/ playing around with fabrics in my fashion class at The Brit School. However, I don’t think it’s about the shop, if I like the fabric, I’ll take it.
RC: What’s your favorite part about conceptualizing a design
GB: First of all, seeing that your garment works haha but I love seeing things slowly grow from sketches to a final piece, I feel like a proud dad, seeing my children grow.
RC: Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
GB: Depends, I love sketching cause there’s no gravity, you can really express yourself. I hope that as I grow, I can as well vanish the gravity away and construct breathtaking stuff.
RC: How would you define your personal style?
GB: I never stick to one style but that’s probably because I can’t afford to keep on buying new things, so I need to go back to my old stuff. I like it though, I can be many people with all my different styles.
RC: What are some of your fashion goals?
GB: My biggest goal is to create history, I want people to remember me forever knowing that I changed the good to fantastic. I won’t leave this world without getting my message across.
RC: Where do you get your inspiration?
GB: Dreams and whatever my mind lets my eyes see.
RC: What are your favorite colors to work with and why?
GB: I would say any colour, but normally I work more with dark tones. There’s no reason for it, I’m however intending to introduce other tones to them.
RC: What are your favorite fabrics to work with and why?
GB: I would answer you, if I had enough understanding, I still have loads to learn and loads of mistakes to make. I think if you’re a good designer and if you have the right team, fabrics shouldn’t be an issue to make your piece.