Rachel Freire is a London based artist and designer working in fashion, costume and garment technology. She is self taught in pattern cutting and trained in Design for Performance at Central St. Martins. Her work inhabits the spaces where disciplines meet with focus on intricate, evocative detailing, narrative garments and exploring the relationship between futuristic applications and traditional techniques. She accidentally launched a conceptual fashion label in 2009 to explore the idea of clothing as armour, embarking on a self taught fashion degree live on the catwalks of London Fashion Week.

Rachel Freire Studio focuses on value attribution and how to make sustainability inherent in future design logic, contributing to the roadmap of boutique production and scalability for wearables: integrating technology, craftsmanship and experimental techniques with high-end garment manufacture processes. Her East London atelier hosts a myriad of projects and collaborations, working with highly skilled artists and technicians who can be found in the credits. She is currently fascinated with the reality of combining fabrics and circuits to create functional garments for the future and is the textile designer of mi.mu gloves, a gestural interface to compose and perform music with your hands. Her work is designed to tell stories, or to inspire them.

current status late 2019: overseeing MI·MU Gloves preorder manufacture. building an Athenaeum in Dalston
early 2019: visiting tutor RCA. research assistant EECS Queen Mary. secret scifi costume adventurer



image credits | top | portrait : Flyn Vibert | below | left/centre : Michael Donovan | right : David Alexandre |