In the frame of the opening of the show 'SWEDISH FASHION & DESIGN STORIES 2017: Una Mirada al Diseño y la Moda Sueca de Hoy' an extramural exhibition hosted at Museo Franz Mayer; we welcomed a talk in our project space amongst designers from different fields: REBECCA AHLSTEDT, ERICA JACOBSON and MAJA GUNN, in the Swedish panel; Daniel MeeOmarov AguilarRodrigo KanoMalami and Pedro German Mesa were present in the Mexican side.
The objective was open a discussion about the characteristics of a creative society and the definitive role of fashion as a release of pressures defined by old roles and backgrounds.
Is fashion a catalyzer of fascism or a path towards self liberation?
The elitism or self-recreation definitely was agreed to be an inner resolution that in any case or background, should be always impulsed and encouraged by other creators and even other industries to happen. Design in all its forms change the city and its dynamics, transform spaces and can resolve or hack our day a day, disappearing urban nightmares if applied properly.
As much as a society can offer possibilities to its population to have chance to bring to life their creative visions since early ages, as much as we can assure we will find lesser frustration and pain, main sources of most of our social illnesses.

In countries where mass production is their main activity, provider of work and supplies, nowadays is more important than ever keep this conversation between creators from such remote societies, and in consequence with different experiences in those matters.

The defense of handmade and ancient traditions of design were also exposed as one of the main goals in a world were whole sales rule markets. How can we imply new production and consumption systems at this point of history? The suggestions heard during the session were directed towards the ways we educate our kids and our selfs, and the constant update of design study programs, according to new platforms and the applications that come out every day; in order to optimize the application of tools and so boost the innovation of textiles and wearable technologies. But still considering and respecting antique techniques of manufacturing systems.

At the end, we realized both Sweden and Mexico in bigger and smaller scales; have more similitudes in offers, chances and issues than expected, and maybe all what we wanted was enjoying an afternoon together with some salsa, sopes and our Platoon beer by BUSCAPLEITOS.

By initiative of Åsa Hamnestahl and the Sweden Embassy in Mexico with the support of The Global Creative Alliance.

All photos by Mario Hernandez.