November 25, 2020

Martha Medeiros Resort 2018

There are lace dresses and then there’s Martha Medeiros lace dresses. The Brazilian native mastered the art of lace-making at the tender age of eight. “I started when I was eight, doing dresses for my dolls; when I was 15, I made my first real dress, and I have not stopped since,” said the charismatic designer at her intimate presentation in New York. What sets them apart, is the rare laces she uses and the labor intensive techniques — a wedding gown can take more than 1,000 hours to make.
In the Sertão region of Northeast Brazil, kind of like the Brazilian outback, lace-making is the local craft. Medeiros, through her institute supports almost 500 lace-makers, providing jobs, medical care, education and more recently even access to water. “It is very important to me to support these women, to help them so that these art does not die,” she said.
From the looks of it, she is keeping them busy. Medeiros’ business is expanding; she recently opened her first U.S. store and her celebrity following is solid: Beyoncé, Sofía Vergara, Chelsea Clinton and Ana Beatriz Barros have all commissioned pieces from her.
For resort, the designer drew from the desert landscape of her

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