David Lee is a menswear designer based in Fortaleza, Ceará, in the north east of Brazil where he studied Fashion Design at SENAC CE. Born in 1991, he is the winner of the GQ + Reserva New Talent award 2017. David’s work combines crochet from Ceará while referencing tailoring techniques and sportswear.
What makes a man? For David Lee the answer lies in the duality of manhood: vulnerability/virility, detachment/intimacy, revelation/concealment. Exploring these notions of strength and fragility as the counterbalanced characteristics of modern masculinity, David uses contrasting techniques and craftsmanship – crochet and sportswear, military garb and tailoring – to encourage us to reflect on the many ways in which opposites play off against each other.
Supported by: SENAC, Radar Consulting and the Embassy of Brazil in London