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Nuno Velez Durão was born in Lisbon in 1974. He attended the Military Institute of Pupils of the Army and then enrolled in António Arroio School of Visual Arts, where he learned the craft of goldsmithing, which he practiced for two years.


Nuno Velez graduated in Fashion Design at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and, during these years, he carried out several works for the Alves/Gonçalves fashion shows and participated in several competitions for new designers, including Sangue Novo, from ModaLisboa, and Porto Fashion Awards.


His internship was carried out at the Alves/Gonçalves’ studio, where he worked as an assistant until October 2013.


Parallel to this professional path, he developed other works in the area such as: restoration of pieces from Francisco Capelo's Fashion collection, donated to MUDE, and costumes for theater such as the play “As Malditas” at the Tivoli Theater in Lisbon and for operas such as “Carmen”. by Bizet, “Nabucco” by Verdi and “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, produced and performed by Orquestra do Norte.


Nuno Velez wedding dresses are another activity developed by the designer, seeking to make this day even more special for the clients he has gained over the years. In these custom made pieces, Nuno Velez dedicates all his attention to the exclusive and personalized treatment that gives this type of work the rigor and detail required.


In 2011, he had the opportunity to collaborate in the studio of Spanish creator Lorenzo Caprile.


As a complement to his knowledge and experience in fashion, he attended the course “How to create your own Fashion Business” at the emblematic Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.


During his six-year stay in São Paulo, he presented his Nuno Velez Atelier & Brides collection at the Bride Style event, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake and in 2018 he began the partnership Nuno Velez for Alexandrine from Maison Alexandrine.


Back in Portugal in 2019, he created the classical music festival Sons com História in Castelo de Vide, which is now in its third edition. In the same year, he had the opportunity to collaborate with Carla Soveral on the costumes for the opera “La Forza del Destino” by Verdi, at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.


In 2020, Nuno Velez opened his new studio in Lisbon and in 2021, as an added value to his work, he took a workshop on couture techniques at the Balenciaga Museum in Getária, Spain.​

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