Gustavo Lins is an official member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture 2011 who has apprenticed with the likes of John Galliano, Lecoanet Hemant and Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture. The 50-year-old studied to be an architect in his native Brazil but swapped his rulers and blueprints for needles and drapery instead, a decision that has seen many good returns and success.

Known for the exquisite drapé of his dresses, clues to his previous profession are seen in the slim, straight-shouldered silhouette of his womenswear.