After graduating from the Design section of the Fine Arts University in Bucharest, Carmen Secareanu started her own brand in 2002, in Bucharest, a rather exotic venue for independent fashion. She stood out and defined her own creative vision & style and subsequently won the National Contest for Design Innovation (2004), the Institut Francais Pasarela Award (2008). In spring 2009 her current collection was shown at the French Fashion Institute, part of the official programme of the Paris Fashion Week.
A highly gifted and original artist, she became widely appreciated by the local and international fashion press - in 2010 was voted best designer of the year at the Cristal Globe Awards in Bucharest and this year she has been elected one of the 3 top Romanian designers recognized world-wide by ELLE magazine. Her work was shown in individual and group fashion events in Paris, London, New York, Anvers, Trieste, Oxford.
With a flair for avant-garde patterns, architectural structures and minimalism lines and colors, Secareanu mixes sport and classical design features, using natural or high-tech materials, taking her inspiration from the contemporary European pattern as well as from the traditional cut of the Romanian archaic societies. A multi-source futuristic mixture unique onto itself. She has recently began to develop object and urban installation design, with the WindFlowers on show at the London Festival of Architecture in 2010.
"we could see clothes as a magic circle, a beauty layer, ment to protect us against uglyness and vulgar, our small urban armour"
2012
5-7 July Berlin fashion week Premium Messe Hall 7
22 May - Avanpremiere Gala at Contemporary Art Museum - presented Fall Winter 2012-2013 collection
9-22 February Exhibition Fashion Is (Not) A Mask during London Fashion Week, Romanian Culturale Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London
18-21 January Berlin fashion week Premium Messe Hall 7
2011
17 November - Avanpremiere Gala at Contemporary Art Museum - presented Spring-Summer 2012 collection
9 November - 4 December - Exhibition SillenceKills - discrimination Art Yourself contemporary art Gallery [+]
3-6 September - Pret a Porter Paris - Porte de Versailles, Atmosphere Space
10 June - 30 July - Pop-up Shop & Exhibition at H3 Concept Gallery, 43 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris
2010
7 October Touched By Carmen Secareanu - Launch Shoes Collection at Sepala Store Bucharest
17 - 20 September London Fashion Week - On|Off exhibition
16 - 21 September Romanian New Fashion - An original showcase during London Fashion Week, Romanian Culturale Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London
19 june - 4 july exhibiting to LFA 2010, London Festival of Architecture, exhibiting 3 installation in Bergmonsey Square, Goldon Square and Southwark Cathedral supported by Romanian Cultural Institute [+]
14 - 17 april Cluj fashion week - presented autumn winter collection, elected number one in collection top 5 [+]
25 mars - Soirre de la Mode, Hilton Hotel, fashion show, In Memoriam Alexander McQueen.
february - Comissioned work for Avon company, Mega Impact lipstick campaign, creating a special collection which was exhibit in top boutiques in Bucharest.
2009
19 november - seminar aside conf. dr. Doina Lucanu from University of Fine Arts Bucuresti at Fashion House Outlet Centre
october - november Comissioned work for Avon company, City In Bloom, 5 monumental sculptures placed in the most popular areas in Bucharest, in front of National Theatre, Piata Victoriei, Bdul Dorobanti, Str. Smirdan, AFI Cotroceni [+]
14 april - Oxford Fashion Week - participated among international designers to the Concept Show
5 march - 4 april on the program of Paris Fashion Week 2009 - exhibitions at l'IFM, l'Institut Francais de la Mode [+]
2008
December 20th - "The best designer of the year 2008" at Cristal Globe Awards by Beau Monde magazine
Costumes for "Concretnye" @ GreenHours, a theater play by Vladimir Sorokin, directed by Alexandru Mihaescu [+]
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Vertigo - structured paper clothes exhibition, The Place concept store [+]
Local Succes Story Speaker at Rising Stars in Fashion Design conference in Bucharest, aside Alessandro Manetti - Director of IED Barcelona.
Comissioned work for "Stejarii Residential Club" with the occasion of the "Christmas Trees Festival", annual charity event where designers' & artists' creations are auctioned in the benefit of "Save the Children" Foundation.
Comissioned collection for L'Oreal Paris Show in Bucharest.
Winner of Pasarela 2008 Fashion Festival, first edition, elected by an international jury composed by Gert Van de Keuken - Trend Union, Karine Piotraut - IFM, Philippe Airaud - jewellery designer, Doina Levintza - Romanian fashion designer. Proposed and supported within the competition by "The One" magazine.
Designer of the Month in Romanian fashion magazine "Tabu", the May issue for "the courage of defying once again the rules and assuming what few would, using without hesitation both her talent and her name in behalf of promoting safe sex through a condomized collection" "Condom a Porter".
May 14th - a collection based upon the concept of ying & yang, black & white, the never ending struggle between good and evil. The main purpose of the collection was to bring into fashion, as a trend the idea that sexual responsibility is cool.
Exhibition at the Atmosphere International Fair in Paris
Exhibition at The Train International Fair in New York
Pre-fall 2008 - 2009 winter collection at Avanpremiere Galla
2007
October 6th - November 25th LipanejPutin Artecontemporanea Roma exhibitions Corpicrudi&Artists featuring Corpicrudi, May 17th - June 30th.
February - March Autum Winter Romanian Fashion Week
Exibition with the "Romanian Fashion Designers" at the Anvers Fashion Museum
2006
Autum winter Romanian Fashion Week
2005
Autum Winter collection Romanian Fashion Week
Constant features, interviews, pictorials in the most relevant Romanian magazines and newspapers: ELLE, ELLE Decoration, The One, Beau Monde, Tabu, Omagiu, Time Out, Cosmopolitan, Bolero, Pe Tocuri, Viva, Dialog Textil, Burda, Marie Claire, Mireasa, MallMania, Fashion & Beauty, Stiletto, Look, Romania Libera, Cotidianul, Sapte Seri, 24 Fun.
2004
Winner of K-Explora contest for design innovation with the project "Unusual clothes for usually people"
2003
Special Guest of Cervantes Institute Bucharest with a fashion show performance "Sign" at the "International Bucharest Book Fair" held at the National Theatre. The performance involved usual people instead of professional models with their feet painted in red tempera. All were playing a game where everybody was following the leader, replicating the movements made by this one, in the mean time leaving red foot prints on the catwalk.
2002
Designer of the Month in Octogon, No. 9
1999
Design degree at the Fine Arts University in Bucharest.
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