Nelson Santos

b Portugal Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Nelson Santos is a Portuguese conceptual designer and fashion artist.
After finishing his studies at the Superior School of Art he moved to London where he lived for 9 years. In 2015 he moved to Berlin where he now lives and works. He is a 2 times award winner Fashion Artist. His work is a fusion of art, fashion and the dichotomy between the beautiful and the ugly and the aspirational desire for beauty.

He explores and overemphasizes the shape of the human body by manipulating materials, textures and cuts to create unique silhouettes and body shapes. His work is a fusion of art and fashion, exploring a different side of fashion, as well as the dichotomy between the beautiful and the ugly and the aspirational desire for beauty. As an up and coming designer, he won first place in the national award for young fashion designers in Portugal in 2006. He has also been awarded the “The Future of Fashion Illustration” an international competition by Fashion Capital in 2012, where he was chosen from over 100,000 entrants. His work comes alive in installations and short films that transport the viewer to a fantasy world of unexpected and unusual beauty.


  • Education
  • Fashion and Textiles Design at the Superior School of Fine Art (ESART), Portugal
  • Solo Exhibition
  • 2018
  • "But He Does Not Rule The Heavens", Voodoo55, Berlin
  • Work Experience
  • 2017
  • Costume design for dance performance “G8000.000” at WABE, Berlin
  • Fashion/art installation at KEPLER 256b, Berlin
  • Costumes design for dance performance “My Icarus Complex” in Aarhus (European Capital of Culture 2017), Denmark
  • Costumes design for dance performance at “The Island”, in Ebeltoft, Denmark
  • Costumes exhibition at the Ballery Gallery, Berlin
  • Costume for performance “Three Short Pieces about Lust” at Theaterhaus Mitte, Berlin
  • 2016
  • Costumes design for post-apocalyptic film
  • Costume design for fine artist Valentina Bardazzi, Berlin
  • Costume Design for singer/performer Mikey Woodbfridge, Berlin
  • Costumes Design for lead singer of Ibibio Sound Machine, London
  • 2015
  • Promo film for Fringe Film & Art festival, London. Concept design, art-direction
  • Film installation at Fringe Film and Art Festival, London
  • Film installation at Secret Sundaze Halloween party, London
  • “Madness”, film for “Secret Sundaze” Halloween Party, London. Costume design, concept design, editing
  • Art-Director for KCTV. 2015-2017
  • Freelance art director and stylist for fashion editorial and fashion films. Berlin
  • Collaboration with photographer Paula Faraco, art-direction and styling, Berlin
  • Fashion film for Jewelry brand CHACA, concept, art-direction and styling, Berlin
  • Conceptual fashion film “¥ünLyssa”, costume design, concept, art-direction and styling, Berlin
  • 2014
  • Hackney Community College. Drawing and painting sessions with students with mental disabilities
  • Group exhibition “Alter Angle” at SOMOS Gallery, Berlin
  • 2013
  • Solo illustration exhibition/installation “Extreme Fetish” at the White Cubicle Gallery, London
  • Group exhibition “Mad House” at the 22-26 Gallery, London
  • 2012
  • Awarded by Fashion Capital. International fashion illustration competition "The Future of Fashion Illustration"
  • Senior fashion editor for KCTV
  • Solo exhibition “Mad House” at Club Hysteria, London
  • Group exhibition at art festival at the Tide Mill School, London
  • Group exhibition at “Art on an Easel”, Paddington Central Art Fair, London
  • Group exhibition at “The London Coffee Festival” at The Old Truman Brewery, London
  • 2011
  • Freelance costume designer for film, performance and music
  • Freelance designer at YouMeWe
  • Group exhibition at “Fred Loves Fashion” at the Fred of London Gallery, London

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