In her own words: Barbara Casasola

For the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

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This week, in ELLE's exclusive profile series celebrating this year's Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize finalists, all eyes are on Barbara Casasola.

The London-based, Brazilian-born designer is causing a stir in the fashion world. Since graduating from Central St Martins Casasola has worked for Roberto Cavalli and alongside the former Creative Director of Sonia Rykiel on projects for See by Chloe and Lanvin.

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Casasola’s first solo collection was shown in Sao Paulo in summer 2012 and she will present her spring/summer 2014 show on-schedule for the first time at London Fashion Week. Our guess is we’ll be seeing a lot more of this young designer and the Modernist column dresses that are her signature.

In our never-seen-before application video below, Casasola explains why she deserves to win the coveted prize.

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The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize is a £25,000 award that will be awarded on 29 October, after consideration by an judging panel.

Think Barbara Casasola should win? Tweet us your thoughts @ELLEUK, using #DCFashionPrize.

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