After obtaining a diploma in graphic design from Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne Swiss-born Ligia Dias moved to Paris to study fashion design at the renowned Studio Bercot. In the spring of 2002, while preparing her school’s final show, Dias undertook two internships at Lanvin where she so impressed creative director Alber Elbaz that he invited her to work on the Fall-Winter 2003 collection. In September 2002 Ligia joined the studio as a full time designer and after three fulfilling years she launched herself as an independent designe
Following the launch of her signature Ligia Dias Colliers line, Ligia was invited by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons to participate to the knitwear program for the CDG Fall-Winter 2006 collection.
Her “jewelry” – which was embroidered onto the garments –earned praise for its innovative approach to embellishment.
Phillip Lim, already a huge fan of Ligia’s work, commissioned twelve showpieces for his SS08 show at the NYC Public Library. She developed these pieces with, in mind, the concept of a “physical journey that meta-morphs into an emotional adventure. The collection was stocked by Phillip Lim’s Mercer Street boutique in New York in Spring Summer 2008.
She uses unusual materials (washers, rope) but to very elegant effect.