Vanessa da Silva grew up in the hectic, energetic city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She majored in product design before moving to London in 2001. After completing a stint at Central St Martins she turned her talents to fashion. Her life has been dedicated to drawing and dreaming-up beautiful things.
Vanessa da Silva first created designs for sale in 2003, with one-off commissions for West London boutique Euforia. Since then she has designed four collections, and has two ongoing musically themed diffusion lines; for Parisian nightclub Favela Chic and folk/electonica band Tunng. Her work has been featured in several exhibitions and is stocked in high-profile boutiques in London, Paris, New York, Hong-Kong and Tokyo.
Her collection, ‘A drink in Rio’ was chose by London department store, Selfridges to be part of 2004's Brazil 40 Degrees promotion in the summer of 2004. At the same time the label saw its first static exhibition at Euforia. The boutique was decked out with showpieces, artwork and textiles, which used a mixture of materials and techniques, combined with her seasonal collection to create a distinctly eccentric enviroment.
In the summer of 2005 Vanessa was invited by famous French department store Printemps and Favela Chic to show key pieces from different collections, including A drink in Rio, in their ‘Frenetique Brazil’ Promotion.
As a designer, Vanessa has a distinctly ad-hoc organic approach to fashion – item-pieces germinate as blueprints from her vivid imagination and are translated straight onto garment form. Her signature prints blend embroidery and highly graphic hand-drawn illustrative design work, mixing tailored silhouettes with vibrant colours and appliqué details. Since her youth, Vanessa has embraced her passion for drawing, something that is evident in all her work. She recently been commissioned by fashion label Michiko Koshino to design their autumn/winter 2006 prints and by electronic/folk band Tunng to design their album covers.
Vanessa’s silhouettes challenge conventional shapes and create a subtle and effortlessly sexy style of dress. Her work is lusciously opulent, delicately tailored and accented with hand-crafted one-off pieces.