Designer Namibia Viera
Photo by Omar Robles www.omarrobles.com
"Designing and constructing clothes and accessories have been a life long passion for me since I was a child. I have been involved my whole life in fashion and costume design as well as teaching and training, thanks to my mother and mentor. The creative process of making a garment, how it takes shape, looking at the finished piece on a human body, and what it evokes, enchants me. I believe that the human body should be decorated with beautiful and well made pieces of garment that are stylish as well as functional."
Born in Boston, MA and raised in Puerto Rico, designer Namibia Viera has worked in art and fashion design since she was a child, thanks to her mother, costume designer Vilma Martínez. Ms. Viera is a graduate of the Central High School of Visual Arts (2000) in Santurce, Puerto Rico with a specialization in fine art and fashion illustration. After one year of studying drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design and photography at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Old San Juan, she moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT; SUNY) where she specialized in Fashion Illustration. Following her graduation at FIT, she became the creative director of Ropajes Inc. in 2005. Graduated from FIT (2016), this time around specializing in Sportswear Design. She currently lives in New York City working as a freelance fashion designer and recently designed and constructed a garment for Lady Gaga.
2016: Fashion Institute of Technology Critic Award Winner in Sportswear Design selected by Stacey Bendet from Alice and Olivia.
2016: Fashion Institute of Technology | Winner of Best use of Color selected by Siempre Mujer Magazine
2012: Invited to represent Puerto Rico at the III Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño in Madrid, Spain. Awarded in the category: Emergent design, innovation and future in fashion and textile. The exhibition took place at El Matadero, Madrid from November 2012 to February 2013
2006: Winner of Lexus Fashion Challenge, San Juan, PR
2006 - present: Featured in magazines such as Vogue (US) Vogue Paris, WWD, NY Mag, Cosmopolitan, Caras, Imagen, Metro San Juan, San Juan City Magazine and newspapers such as El Nuevo Día, El Vocero, Primera Hora, and The San Juan Star.
2006 - 2014: Ropajes Inc. fashion shows at Teatro Tapia in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico High Fashion Week, Presented collections in Cosmolounge Epoque for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Destellos de la Moda, CIRCA Puerto Rico and a solo-show at La Concha Hotel and Resort and many more.
2016: Critic Award Winning garment, Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
2016: Neiman Marcus Department Store, NJ
2010: Fashion Illustrations, Reinhold Jeweler at Plaza Las América, San Juan, PR
2004: Fashion Illustrations, Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
2003: Costume Design Illustrations, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY