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Head, School of Fashion

LASALLE College of the Arts


Circe Henestrosa is a fashion curator who holds an MA in Fashion Curation from London College of Fashion (2009).


She was awarded a Distinction for her research thesis and exhibition Frida’s White Cabinet, an exhibition of artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe that was presented at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City in November 2012.

Henestrosa also holds an MA in Cultural Leadership from City University, where her research thesis focussed on models of building new audiences in theatre management, for which she worked extensively with London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre.

With a further degree in International Business Management, Henestrosa is currently leading the Fashion Media and Industries Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts where she lectures on Fashion Curation, Leadership, and International Fashion Management.

Her research practice explores how garments and material culture inform and reflect social-cultural aspects through the use of dress within the exhibition context. Her interests also include the study of reinterpretation of traditional techniques and fabrics in contemporary fashion and lifestyle products today.

She has published and presented papers on Collections, Fashion Curating, and the Rise of Fashion Exhibitions in Museums in Mexico, Korea and Singapore. In 2005, she was author and co-editor of the publication Building a New Model for Museums in the 21st Century.

At LASALLE, she has researched contemporary Singaporean fashion design, organised fashion exhibitions between Korea and Singapore, and conducted research projects between Singapore, the Philippines, Korea and Cambodia; as she analysed and reinterpreted historical and traditional techniques in contemporary design.

Her previous work included senior arts management roles at the British Council and the Southbank Centre, working on collaborations and productions with artists and designers such as Damien Hirst, Mark Wallinger, Mona Hatoum, Peter Greenaway, Dai Rees, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood and Phillip Tracey.

At present she is editing and writing a book on Frida Kahlo’s archive of personal objects as photographed by Japanese artist Ishiuchi Miyako. She collaborates for different lifestyle and design publications in Mexico and London and is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

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