Fashion, Art, Architecture. 


Cihuah is an Idea that Happens to Unite Architecture with Human body.

The connection between the concept of fashion and architecture.



Vanessa is the founder and creative director of the CIHUAH brand. Originally from France, she has been living in Mexico for the past 9 years, and it was here that she was inspired to begin her own label of exclusive, designer garments. Trained at the National School of Architecture in Strasbourg, France and the School of Architecture and Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain, she worked for several reputable architectural firms in both France and Mexico before turning to fashion design. With the understanding that, much like a building, “clothes are the spaces in which the human body lives”, Vanessa´s designs reflect an interplay between architectural concepts and fashion, resulting in a unique and striking image.


CIHUAH comes from the Nahuatl word for “women”, recognizing and acknowledging the indigenous women who create traditional craft designs, their ancient knowledge and culture. The brand pays tribute to the basic geometric patterns of indigenous Mexican clothing.  CIHUAH garments reflect the design and pattern of Indigenous clothing, respecting their basic geometry while creating a contemporary look.

CIHUAH provides a range of options, from basic items to iconic pieces, reinvented classics and trend items. All pieces are a sophisticated vision in white and black, designed with an obsessive attention to the straight line and perfection; an exercise of confrontation between the line and the human figure. Architectural theory and techniques are applied, on a small scale, to each garment, using: geometry, proportion, aesthetics, construction-deconstruction, symmetry-asymmetry, balance-imbalance.

CIHUAH's ambition is to propose and investigate, through experimentation, a theoretical discourse on a new way of living the human body. Approaching to fashion design with architectural elements which make our physical space.

A basic wardrobe composed as the little black dress, but also reassessing the garment giving new uses and functions, all with a touch of design.


·CIHUAH launches all its collections in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico. The last one had a piano concert with the famous musician Michael Nyman. 

·Concrete Dress, the Metal Dress and Wood Dress were exhibited during MBFWMX for the 'Bauhaus Collection'.

·In May 2016 CIHUAH® launches its new artistic project CIHUAH-ART®. Vanessa Guckel invites an artist in order to create a new artistic experience based on CIHUAH inspirations and concepts. (instagram @CIHUART)

·In April 2016 Vanessa was considered among the 100 Women Leaders in Mexico by Universal Newspaper. 

·Lancôme 2015 Award winner for best woman entrepreneurship and brand success.

·Three times awarded Vogue Who’s on Next Mexico runner prize.

·Winner of Quorum Design Award

·Fashion spreads in prominent fashion editorials: Vogue Mexico, Vogue Italy, Elle Mexico, Harper's Bazaar Español, L'Officiel Mexico, Revista 192, I-D Mexico, Instyle Mexico, etc.

·Published in the Directory of Mexican Design presented at the MOMA in New York. 


CIHUAH SHOWROOM                                                        Calle del Articulo 123 #116 Int. 207-208, Downtown, Mexico City, Mexico.                                                                          Tel: (+52) 55 55185021

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE MEXICO                               Centro Comercial Santa Fe
Mexico City, Mexico.

CAÑAMIEL CONCEPT STORE                              Santa Fe
Mexico City, Mexico.

STENDHAL STORE                                        Avenida Presidente Masaryk 360, Local 9H
Mexico City, Mexico.

TUZA STORE                                                      Colima 129, Roma Norte
Mexico City, Mexico.

TAMAYO MUSEUM                                              Paseo de La Reforma 51
Col. Bosque de Chapultepec
Tel: (55) 52866519
Mexico City, Mexico.

LUXURY AVENUE CANCÚN                                 Blvd Kukulcán km 13 Zona Hotelera               Cancún, Mexico.
Tel: +52 (998) 848 7300

EMPATHY STORE                                           Avenida Montevideo 3181
Col. Lomas de Providencia
CP 44647 Guadalajara, Mexico.

HONNOM HENNES                                               Rio Hudson 416 Oriente
CP 66220 San Pedro Garza Garcia
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

COLLECTIVO INTERNATIONAL                            4310 Westheimer Rd. #250
CP 77041 Houston, Texas, U.S.A

CASA R CONCEPT STORE                              Mesones 83, CP 37700
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


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