Both trained in womenswear, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida subscribe to the Helmut Lang school of thought, where ‘fashion is about attitude, not hemlines’.
While their aesthetic evokes raw effortlessness, the pair’s technical sensibilities are revealed in the construction of each piece.
Cutting their teeth at Vivienne Westwood and Preen respectively, Marques and Almeida took the natural course of combining talents while on the MA at Central Saint Martins, hitting the mark between impulse and consideration.
They launched MARQUES’ALMEIDA in April 2011 and showed for their first 2 seasons under Lulu Kennedy’s platform, Fashion East. In 2014 they were awarded NEWGEN sponsorship from the British Fashion Council / Topshop, showing for 5 seasons as a part of NEWGEN.
In May 2015 MARQUES’ALMEIDA were awarded the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. The design duo launched their debut Resort collection in 2015 and later in the year staged their first independent on-schedule show for spring/summer 2016.
In 2015 MARQUES’ALMEIDA were asked to design costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Fourth Annual Fall Fashion Gala, conceived by Sarah Jessica Parker, debuting in September 2015.
MARQUES’ALMEIDA is currently stocked globally in top department stores, with their stockist list growing each season.