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Raquel Melián

Raquel Melian was born on the island of Lanzarote in 1986, a fact that is defining to her path in life.

Although first stirred towards STEM, she enrolled in artistic baccalaureate at the School of Arts Pancho Lasso. In 2008 she moved to Madrid to study Fashion Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED Madrid).

There, she also flirted with an Art History major and enrolled for a while at the Complutense University of Madrid. She graduated in Fashion Design in 2011 by IED. In Madrid, between 2011 and 2013 she gained experience in visual and styling by the hand Ekseptions Celine Beteinber.

In 2013 she moved to Lima, where she lived for 3 years working as fashion stylist, illustrator and fashion editor. She also acquires experience as a professor at CEAM. During this period, her work appeared in publications such as Neo2 (Spain). Kaltblut Magazine (Germany), Reflex Homme (Argentina), The Perfect Man (New York) and in Cosas (Peru), where she worked as main editor for the several magazines owned by the editorial group.

In 2016 she returned to Spain to work as costume designer for the play El Hombre Duplicado, an adaptation by José Martret, of the novel of the same name by José Saramago. The staging premiered in January 2017 in Los Jameos del Agua. This same year she collaborated in Manning, play by Pedro Ayoze about Chealsea Manning, the American informan; and designed the costumes for Pildoras Rosadas, another play by Ayoze.

In 2018 she travelled to Paris to study at the Alliance Française. This experience is crucial to start creating (in the city of light, art, wine and of course fashion) her personal project of fashion, art and a new femininity: MELIAN.

Months later, and after some trips that take her through Panama, Cuba and Madrid, she decides to return to the island to start working in Melián. She enrolled in sewing classes with Albania Rodríguez Melián, and began learning the rudiments of traditional dressmaking in Lanzarote with Ana María Perera and Ricardo Reguera.

She currently works on Melián while also working as a freelance in advertising, theater and publishing.