Born in Brazil in 1984, Barbara Casasola credits her late grandmother, a seamstress, for giving her a strong foundation in the craft of dressmaking from an early age.
She studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and later at Istituto Marangoni in Milan where she graduated in 2007 Cum Laude and first in her class.
In the same year of her graduation, Barbara was hired by Roberto Cavalli in Florence who she had met at the presentation of her eco-fashion capsule collection at the United Nations in New York in 2007.
At Cavalli, Barbara was the first assistant designer for Womenswear for two years before she moved to Paris in 2010. There Barbara worked with Gabriele Greiss (the former Creative Director of Sonia Rykiel) on assignments for Lanvin and See by Chloe including designing for Lanvin’s Spring Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear show.
In 2011, Barbara launched her eponymous label for Fall that plays on her signature feminine designs and for Spring Summer 2012 she has focused on cocktail and occasion wear in a neutral palette with bold accents and plenty of soft pleating.
Barbara designs from her studio in London and the collections are made with care in Italy.