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Luiven Rivas-Sanchez

Luiven Rivas-Sanchez
Brighton, East Sussex. UK
Facebook page for Bougainvillea Couture


Luiven Rivas-Sanchez is a renowned international textile designer and a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London. He has designed, printed, and embroidered textiles for some of the most prestigious fashion designers of his generation since graduating in 1985. John Galliano, Katharine Hamnett , Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Jasper Conran and Christian Lacroix – to name a few – are all part of a selective list of fashion designers he has worked with in the last two decades. Most recently, Luiven was invited to speak on the use of natural dyes in fashion during ISEND2011, held in La Rochelle, France.

Although based in the UK, in the last few years, Luiven has been travelling the world researching natural dyes. He continues to explore ways in which sustainable textiles can be designed and made for the making of “slow” fashion in response to the gross misuse of textile materials derived during and after the making of seasonal “fast” fashion worldwide.

Luiven is the creator of Bougainvillea Couture, a concept that positively aims to challenge the high end of the fashion market by using sustainable and traditional methods of application in which dyeing using natural dyes give way to ecology in design.

Luiven is a member of The Textile Society of America and The World Shibori Network.