One of the most celebrated fashion designers of recent times, Vitorino Campos is also a new addition to Melissa’s team of collabs. With his delicate hands and atemporal cuts he's arrived to add new inspirations to our world.
What are those references and how did they work their way onto the notebooks and sketchbooks that we share? We had a quick convo with him to find out just what it is that feeds his creative process.
On what observations do you base your surveys and research?
My research source isn’t fashion. My inspirations comes from the day-to-day + behaviors + music + books. I’m in love with photography books. Architecture, urbanism. I’m into photography from the 90’s, and into things not necessarily from fashion survey. I seek places, cities, people.
Speaking of places, you’ve said before in an interview that you don’t think of fashion as a regional form, but as a global thought. Does this idea result in something tangible or in a form of thinking or self-expression?
I’m from a city in Bahia, I live in Rio, and I find both inspiring. They can inspire you in absolutely everything. So, it’s not that we transform Christ the Redeemer into a bag clasp or something. But the city’s day-to-day, everything that happens, the natural beauties that insert themselves into the process of construction.. That’s what makes a product come with a not-so-obvious identity.
Does fashion have a “right answer?” Or is it like art, and open to interpretation?
I do think that fashion has a positioning, despite the multiple interpretations that people can arrive at however they want, like art. But I think that fashion is born with an objective. The stylist, he or she works with a thought, a desire.
What really inspires you?
Everything I see. From a person buying fruit to a gorgeous woman having dinner in a restaurant. From the way people tie up their clothes, or even sandals. I think all these things can awake collections within me.