American fashion designer, born in Mexico City. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to her career in fashion, Paola Hernández studied philosophy. Paola studied fashion at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.
“Fashion is the manifestation of collective consciousness in everyday life, always moving forward,” says Paola. "A garment is constantly evolving even after the design process is finished. The styling choices of the person wearing it give each piece a different interpretation each time... My creative process starts with a question of how to understand human evolution."
Through fashion design, Hernández explores philosophical concepts. These often engender a spirit of collaboration with the world of contemporary art with deep symbolism behind each design element.
The materials used in each garment aim to reflect different concepts. Bringing together the highest quality textiles and yarns from Japan and Italy, the pieces are locally manufactured in New York City and Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, Paola Hernández has presented her collections in New York, London, Paris, Reykjavik, Bogota, and Mexico City.
Passage of Light
The 2018 collection, titled “Passage of Light,” derives from the transition into motherhood.
Paola Hernández experienced motherhood as a rite of passage while designing this collection. She collaborated with her husband, Michael Kagan, to create a special print for this collection. The print is based off of one of his paintings titled Summit, 2017.
The clothes are made in New York City and in Los Angeles.