Namibia Viera
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Namibia Viera’s pieces draw inspiration from architecture, art and dance. Combining unusual colors, geometric shapes and lines to create movement and ease. Her refreshing designs speak to contemporary free-spirited women and men that dare to wear beautiful, forward-looking and yet timeless pieces. 

Born in Boston, MA, raised in Puerto Rico and based in New York City, designer Namibia Viera has worked in art and fashion design since she was a child. She is a graduate from 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 art at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas 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 first graduation from FIT in 2006, she started her career as a fashion designer in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2016, she graduated for the second time from FIT specializing in Sportswear Design. 

In 2016 she was the Critic Award Winner in Sportswear Design selected by Stacey Bendet from Alice and Olivia, as well as the winner for the Best Use of Color selected by Siempre Mujer Magazine both at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2012, she was invited to represent Puerto Rico at the III Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño in Madrid, Spain where she was awarded in the category of Emergent design, innovation and future in fashion and textile at El Matadero, Madrid. In 2006 she was the winner of Lexus Fashion Challenge in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She has had the opportunity to exhibit her garments at Neiman Marcus Department Store in New Jersey and at the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2016, as well as her fashion illustrations in 2004. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue (US) Vogue Paris, WWD, NY Mag, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Elle.

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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, costume designer, Vilma Martínez. 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.
— Namibia Viera

Press

 
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Vogue US

Vogue US

Vogue Paris

Vogue Paris

WWD

WWD

The Cut for the New York Magazine

The Cut for the New York Magazine

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

WWD

WWD

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

Fashion Week Daily

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar