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Jorge Acuña is one of the most prestigious young fashion designers coming out of Spain. A highlight of Madrid Fashion Week, he is also a member of the Association of Fashion Creators of Spain (ACME). Recently, Whitewall checked in on Acuña to see how he’s enjoying the freedom of no deadlines, and finding inspiration by traveling through books, images, film, and opera.
WHITEWALL: How are you doing?
JORGE ACUÑA: My family and my friends are all fine, so I cannot complain, thank you.
WW: What are you listening to, reading, watch?
JA: I am taking this opportunity to update my opera playlist, looking for the best recordings, and keep learning about this beautiful matter.
I am reading Opus nigrum, by Marguerite Yourcenar and a book about wabi-sabi, the traditional Japanese aesthetic centered on the value of imperfection.
I am watching many beautiful movies like A Prophet, Shoplifters, or Fire Will Come, which moved me so much, and series like the funny Schitt’s Creek.
WW: What are you cooking?
JA: I love cooking pastry.
WW: How are you staying connected?
JA: I call my family everyday, I use WhatsApp and apps like Zoom for talking to my friends.
WW: How are you staying creative? Are you able to make work at this time?
JA: Now that I am at home, I am so happy to work with no deadlines. That is a gorgeous feeling.
WW: Where are you finding hope/inspiration?
JA: I truly think that, after this darkness, humanity will be more human than ever. This is my hope.
In terms of inspiration, I love to travel, but I don’t feel that I need to go outside for finding inspiration. Fortunately, I have many books, movies, music and, of course, the Internet. I think we can all see the world from our homes, the key is the mind of each individual and how it transforms what it sees in something interesting or not. You and me can inspire our works in a same concept, but the results will be absolutely different. That is the complexity and greatness of creativity, the personal and unique interpretation of life.