Vanessa Guckel, Founder and Creative Director
Originally from France, she has been living in Mexico for the past 11 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. The brand pays tribute to the basic geometric patterns of indigenous Mexican 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 attention to the straight line like 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 fashion design with architectural elements which make our physical space.
CIHUAH was published in the Directory of Mexican Design presented at the MOMA in New York. Twice Vogue Who’s on Next runner up and winner of Quorum Design Award, and published in the most important fashion editorials like Vogue Mexico, Vogue Italy, Elle Mexico, Harper's Bazaar Español, Instyle Mexico etc.
#CIHUAHWOMEN are women who inspire us. Independent and strong women who act to hold our society accountable and sensitized, who belong to a community that drives and supports design.