Darwin Winklaar /Fashion/
Presenting “Folklorica Collection”
Launching his debut Fashion & Music brand NIÑO DIVINO, a synergetic multidisciplinary fashion that fuses it with the contemporary practice of music-making. The collection is a new modern twist: using traditional dresses of the Caribbean folklore with the diasporic reality of the artist. The intention is to weave a new story that reflects what it means to identify as Aruban by mixing the urban street styles with the traditional pieces, a new parade that connects with the multicultural reality.
Darwin Winklaar was born and raised in Aruba, San Nicolas. His work reflects a personal story: practicing a lonely dance between Nostalgia and Melancholia. His childhood years are essential to his creative process; he reinterprets memories, feelings, and cultural symbols from his childhood. His mother Violeta is one of his main sources of inspiration. Darwin constantly embodies rituals and family habits through his work as a way of honoring the female figures who shaped him. His work is the result of an in-depth investigation into the folkloric religious practices that are predominant in the Caribbean.