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Master in Fashion Design and Technology

Raquel Buj

Experimental fashion designer and architect specializing in new materials, innovative crafts and digital fabrication

Qualifications and academic training

  • Superior Architecture
  • Master Advanced Projects
  • Postgraduate Architecture and Fashion

Activity and/or professional career

Raquel Buj is a fashion designer, teacher and architect. She is the founder and director of BUJ studio, an experimental fashion brand. She conceives her studio as a laboratory in which to experiment with the hybridization between fashion and architecture both conceptually and materially. She investigates with materials brought and reformulated from very diverse fields that she meticulously manipulates, combining craftsmanship and technology in the development of their pieces.

She combines her professional practice with her teaching practice, teaching classes at the URJC Degree in Fashion Design and Management and at the IED where she is also the program leader of the Master Fashion Futures: Smart Fabrics and Wearables. She, in turn, has given various workshops and talks at a national and international level, among which TEDxMadrid 19 and Retrofuturo stand out.

In her previous work at ZAP & BUJ together with Elena Zapico they received various awards and recognitions, among which the Samsung Ego Innovation Project award (2017) within the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid stands out. The following year her joint work was shown at Samsung Ego Spring-Summer 2018 for the MBFWM, where they presented the Growing Landscapes collection. In 2018 and 2019 they were finalists for the Vogue Who's on next award and also received the mention for Research and Design at the Ibero-American Design Biennial BID 19 (2019). Currently, alone, she has been selected to present the Nidos collection at the MBFWM off, April 2021.

Investigation

  • Integrant of the Development group of the research project "B-sensor" together with the Fab Lab IED and Fab Lab of Cagliari in the IT Makes program of the Italian embassy in Spain / IED Madrid 2017
  • Shape Memory Dresses. Collaboration ZAP & BUJ, Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, ICTP-CSIC, Department of Applied Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering and Electronic Technology

Publications

  • “Nidos, the Buj Studio collection that experiments with fashion and nature”, Vein magazine, April 2021
  • "Fashion confection through additive manufacturing", 3d Natives, January 2020
  • "Zap & Buj: between the territory and the body", Kalon magazine, March 2020
  • "Fashion and technology come together in the recycling of the future", Vein magazine 14, July 2020
  • “The skins that we will wear in the future”, Yorokobu, 2019
  • "ZAP BUJ Fashion and technology in Spain", Neo2, 2017
  • "How technology makes a construction material end up being a fashion design", Xataka, 2019

Works

  • Nidos AW2021, off MBFWM, Edificio España, Whitelab Madrid, collection
  • Inéditos, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, exhibition, 2021
  • I imagined five bodies and none was mine presentation of an artistic piece in collaboration with Janet Novás, Veranos de la Villa, Madrid City Council, 2019
  • American Biennial of Emerging Design, Matadero, Madrid, exhibition 2019
  • Reshape Forum Barcelona, exhibition, presentation and jury, 2019

Awards / Merits

  • Samsung Ego Innovation Project, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, award, 2017
  • Research and Design Biennial Iberoamericana de Diseño BID 19, mention, 2019

 

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