Circe Henestrosa


Circe Henestrosa

Head, School of Fashion

Circe Henestrosa is a Mexican independent fashion curator and is Head of the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. She curated the exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo (2012) at The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán, Mexico, and also co-curated the blockbuster exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up (2018) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. 

Her research looks at tangible and intangible heritage to develop new design languages. In particular, she is interested in looking at heritage as a medium to develop cultural enterprises in fashion. At LASALLE she has researched contemporary Asian fashion design, and has conducted research projects between Singapore, the Philippines, Korea and Cambodia, analysing and reinterpreting historical and traditional techniques into contemporary design. Her curatorial practice explores how garments and material culture inform and reflect social-cultural aspects of fashion within the exhibition context.
She has published and presented papers on Collections, Fashion Curating, and the Rise of Fashion Exhibitions in museums in Mexico, Korea, Singapore, the United States and the UK. 

Prior to LASALLE, Henestrosa held senior arts management roles at the British Council, working on collaborations and co-productions with artists and designers such as Damien Hirst, Mona Hatoum, Peter Greenaway, Dai Rees, Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Westwood. She is currently reading for her PhD at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, focusing on the areas of fashion and disability. Her publications include: Frida Kahlo Making Her Self Up, Frida by Ishiuchi, and Building a New Model for Museums in the 21st Century.