Susana Bettencourt is from the Azores Islands of Portugal, where the designer’s passion for knitwear and traditional lace techniques were developed from early in her childhood. Relocating to London, to undertake a BA in Fashion Knitwear at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Susana continued to hone her knitwear and Womenswear skills through an MA in Digital Fashion at London College of Fashion, graduating with a distinction in 2011. During her stay in London, the designer was able to translate her sculptural designs into the dimension of seamless knitwear.
Having instantly gained high praise and recognition, for her sculptural knitwear and luxury high-technology fabrics, Susana continues to explore the boundaries between technology and handcrafting knitwear techniques, developing the jacquard to the extreme in order to make textures and volumes in detail. Experimental designs to create new fabrics and a passionate belief in future fashion are at the core of Susana Bettencourt’s signature. Boldly embellish and digitally aware designs, Bettencourt's kaleidoscopic pieces have been chosen by personalities like Susanna Lau, Lady Gaga, Ana Moura and publications like WeAr and Vogue, amongst others.
For this AW16/17 ORIGINS Collection – Bettencourt is inspired by the first experience in art for the human being, our first colour pencil, our first sharpener, our first colored lines and the freedom feeling behind it. To this, she joined her intricate techniques gained throughout the years, combining in this way the best of both worlds: naivety of the first artistic experience with the knowledge.
This is the continuation of a new cycle for Susana Bettencourt work and after the sedimentation of her identity as a designer, now she can freely experiment and express her skills crossing, intersecting and fusing the fine line between technology and craftsmanship that she is so well know for. Through the knitwear made by her own hands, she will express her views, she will share her process of understanding and research.