Tears was created as a part of the Fashion Art project by Spanish artist Ouka Leele, and fashion designer Manu Fernandez. Ouka Leele’s pursuits took her down paths less traveled. At the start of her career she drew series and comics that reproduced situations which were naive and domestic in appearance, but through which a fantastic inner world emerges where the feminine gaze and “domestic mystique” in which she sets her work are very present.
She became a star when, in 1979, she adopted Ouka Leele as a pseudonym, a constellation from the imaginary galaxy of Hortelano, for her emblematic comic Europa Requiem.
Fashion Art was created by Manuel Fernandez, it is a collaboration between visual artists and fashion designers in which their respective languages are combined to create a dress that is an authentic work of art. It is a project that is in constant evolution, where the fusion of Art and Fashion takes place in the eye of the spectator with the artists’ work taking center stage and the dress as the underlying canvas it is displayed on.
Bárbara Allende, known by her stage name Ouka Leele, was an artist, painter, poet, illustrator and Spanish photographer. Born in Madrid, she trained as a photographer and went on to become an expert in the technique of coloring black-and-white photographs with watercolors. At the age of 18 her art was included in the book ‘Principio’, and published in the leading magazines ‘Zoom’ and ‘Nueva Lente’. Her greatest triumphs came during the Movida Madrileña, where her work reflected the eclectic spirit of this countercultural movement
Manuel Fernández has worked in the world of fashion since 1983. His approach is avant-garde, with touches of idealism combined with a cosmopolitan flair, and he has always been committed to the internationalization of his designs. His designs are bold, daring, sensual, elegant and have a touch of humour.
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