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The November issue of Dazed recently featured Spanish designer/artist Manuel Albarran’s metal couture, and we take a look at his new collection that is  futuristic and which makes historic reference. Traversing between art and fashion means Albarran’s work sits just as well in fashion editorials as it does in installations or potentially films (his dream is to collaborate with Guillermo Del Toro and Ridley Scott).


Where are you based?

Albarran: Between Barcelona and London


What materials do you use to make your pieces?

Albarran: Mainlly all metals combined with leather, fabrics, feathers, and wood

They are often quite warrior-like or mythical looking, what is the story behind them?

Albarran: That’s one of the subjects I like.

Who do you have in mind when you design?

Albarran: Depends – sometimes I have a blank mind and just follow my instincts, other times I just follow some ideas and develop them.

What inspires you at the moment?

Albarran: All historic and futuristic subjects

Who would you like to collaborate with?

Albarran: Guillermo Del Toro and Ridley Scott

How would you describe your own style?

Albarran: When you see one of my pieces, you will know it is mine but if I have to say something, it will be Heavy Couture.


If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?

Albarran: Martial arts.

What are your plans for the future?

Albarran: I’ll like to concentrate more on art films and art exhibitions, fashion for me is a platform to reach my aim.

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