The Austrian designer is a regular participant at Paris’s haute couture fashion week, but also at art and design exhibitions, as her tech-minded creations straddle the line between the conceptual and the wearable.
Flora Miranda, who was a mentee in Forecast’s second edition, uses fashion design as her main medium—a natural choice given that her work focuses on the human body and sensory perception. But although she has made it into the ranks of fashion creators who present their collections at the world’s only couture fashion week, in Paris, describing her as a fashion designer alone doesn’t fully reflect the breadth of her artistic inquiries. For Forecast, she worked with digital designer Max Wolf as her mentor, to develop an app for custom-tailored pieces. However, a true cross-disciplinary thinker, she also connected with two other mentors in that edition, architect Philippe Rahm and choreographer Richard Siegel. Her collaboration with the latter is an ongoing one.
This year began in full force for Miranda: her work was included at HEK Basel’s show Making Fashion Sense, followed by an exhibition on Austrian fashion at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) in Vienna. She was also working on costume design for a new ballet by Siegel when the coronavirus reached Europe and plans were largely postponed or dashed. But the gap in her schedule gave Forecast a chance to catch up with the prolific creator.