Graziela Sousa

love threads


On and off as usual, last weekend (7th to 10th March) was my last ModaLisboa – Lisbon Fashion Week before I finally hopefully wrap up and finish my thesis. Feelings are a bit mixed or shaken I’d say at the least.

I am one from the Doers, not one to just think and write quiet and peacefully so this might be the biggest challenge I’ve had in my entire life: to finish what I started, write it up and be proud of it in the end. Never imagined it would take this long nor that it would be so difficult to finish. But now I am actually on the finish line, so there is nothing that can stop me besides my insecurity.

I think my latest experience in ModaLisboa really kicked out a lot of good feelings and made me feel like I actually have something to be proud of, proud to keep growing and proud to belong to such a team of change makers for whom ‘nothing is impossible’ as one reads in a neon sign right on the ModaLisboa’s office entrance.

I am one of those who take care of the pop Ups, the places for networking and learning as well as the talks, which is a great honor because I actually get to share my beliefs, try new things and see how they go – I am so lucky to have been welcomed in a place where I can plant creative seeds while I am mentored to grow and evolve thoroughly and strategically by Eduarda and Joana, two mentors and forces of nature to whom I am forever grateful.

As a metaphor for all I am saying above, this time we also had a live atelier with Avó Veio Trabalhar, where several artists costumised pieces and in the end of our 4 day fashion week, after so many knowledge shared, after a performance by Eduardo Moreira with the resulting pieces and fabrics provided by Calvelex and Fabrics4Fashion – I just had a very strong feeling of fulfillment and thankfulness for being part of all this.

pic by João Fernandes Rocha

I felt that it all pays off if we put love into the things we do, if we gather the ones that work the way we do, that believe in their missions from within and like that we all are able to do more, do better and contaminate the next ones, the emerging professionals we hope to provoke and make the next change makers in our industry.

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Alumni Talks @FAUL


We started to implement the Alumni Talks at FAULisboa, in the fields of Design: Fashion, Communication and Product Design.

The scheme is as follows: each month we have a talk at lunch time with an alumni which comes and speaks about its career, discusses the challenges of the workplace and also explains the way he/she chose to pursue studies, courses, post-grads etc.

We already had the opportunity to host 3 talks in the field of Fashion:

  • December 2017 – with Filipa Homem, who graduated more than 15 years ago, worked with Alexander MacQueen, H&M, TopShop, Knot among many other international brands;

  • May 2018 – Daniela Pais – a sustainable designer and trend researcher, who pursued studies in the Nederlands after graduating from FAUL and has since built her own sustainable brand Elementum, while collaborating with Li Edelkoort’s trend office ‘Trend Union’;

  • October 2019 – this time, we decided to try something a bit different and tried a different orientation, having topics or themes for each talk, having the chance to gather more than 1 alumni for each one – so we tried for the first time at October 26th. The theme was Fashion Communication and we invited a fashion journalist, Margarida Brito Paes (editor of – the Diário de Noticias online fashion magazine) and Maria Rita (a fashion photographer who has been working for the last 8 years with several brands, stores and magazines).

The format is still evolving, but this was an approximation to a better format – specially because we aim to show our students what a graduate can do after leaving the university as well as the different courses that a career in fashion can take.
It is very important to show them that they can do several things other then designing clothes, because the fashion industry demands much more than that, and can offer several other jobs and opportunities.
It is also important to underline that these alumni can help to uncover the ‘unknown’ gap from leaving the uni to finding a job one loves and one can excel and make a proper living at.
The room was full and the attendees made several questions, so we’ll do one more in the next semester and then reflect about the growth and evolution of the initiative.

I’ve got news: GFX Lisboa

It’s been a long time so I might take a few posts to get all I want to tell sorted out.
It was  a huge ride since my last post. And finally I felt recognized and also paid off for the effort of doing research, self funded and still working and teaching.
I’ve been invited to produce and manage the project Global Fashion Exchange Lisbon in ModaLisboa, with the support of the municipality, Camara Municipal de Lisboa.
Since I followed GFX since its beginning I felt quite proud and honored to be the one person in Portugal that was picked out to do this.
I got introduced and started right away my work with GFX founder Mr. Patrick Duffy, with whom I instantly felt comfortable and positive that our event would be a blast.
GFX promotes clothing swaps around the world as a way of building consumer conscience for the fashion industry: I’ve been acquainted with the project since its first edition in 2013 in Copenhagen and have since been eager to bring it to Portugal.
Why so?
Because I think that fashion consumers need to be provoked and stimulated by impactful initiatives like this one – we need to turn the tables of the fashion world and we need to make it in a sexy/attractive manner.
And… SO we did!
With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and ModaLisboa, we were able to stage GFXLisboa – a two day event and space where we promoted sustainability in fashion, which also was the theme for the ModaLisboa round-table’ Fast Talks and for which we were able to invite many international panelists with recognized work in this field.

It is quite hard to tell you about all that we did, but i can assure that it has been a big success – with workshops, djs, a networking event for fashion professionals and of course, a huge SWAP market.

People brought 2 tons of clothing to swap in total, and the party and fun environment with music, famous ambassadors, a photoshoot for all the public to get their shots made it altogether a wonderful experience. It felt wonderful to be able to produce this. On the other hand it also felt wonderful to do something that embodies the stuff I believe in and provoking a change (even if just a tiny one) in the way people think about the clothes they buy, and the way they buy them.

me, feeling all happy. pic by Pedro Sadio

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