The brand's philosophy falls within the concept of designer-driven pieces that are aspirational yet accessible, elegant and timeless, sophisticated but playful, ultra-feminine with perfect tailoring, meticulous structures and shapes, bold use of colour and print; for women who are confident in themselves and their style choices, strong attitude, individual style and by with a romantic spirit.
Katty Xiomara fills up the Portuguese Fashion Week calendar since 1998. Her professional maturity led her to conduct business with new challenges. She also has interventions in different areas such as Theater, TV/Media, Music, Dance, Graphic Art and Children's clothing, and events where she’s invited or to reinvent new ideas with her distinct and personal style.
Although in 1999 she established the brand where she participated with the Collection Winter 99/2000, on the exhibition - La Mode Portugaise Révélation - at Printemps in Paris, her brand Katty Xiomara was only registered in 2000. In that same year she designed the costumes for Dante Alighieri's "Devine Comedy" adaptation by Jean Paul Bucchieri choreography at the Centro Cutural de Belém in Lisbon.
The recognition of her work is reflected in the awards that she received along the year. The first award she won was throughout as a student in Fashion Design and got 1st place in Fashion and Technology in Florence - Italy. And her corporate image was recognized and award-winning by American magazine "HOW", with the Certificate of Excellence – “European Design Annual 4/1999” and “European Design Annual 5/2000”, as well as Honorable Mention at the world competition for the American magazine "HOW" in 2002. In June 2014 was awarded second prize (Silver) by the International Design Awards on the Pret-a-Porter category. In April 2015 was awarded: Second Prize (Silver) in Pret-a-Porter Competition for the Wireframe Project and Honorable Mention in Women PP Competition for the Wireframe Project.
Published in several International edition such as:
Design Secrets - Rockport
Boxed and Labeled - Gestalten
Book of the Big Bags, Tags and Labels - Collins
Urban Fashion Flavor - Monsa.
This is very clear how her work is recognized and valued.
Other participation and projects of the last decade:
2002- Participated in the show "+ Portugal" with Summer Collection 2003 in Barcelona/Spain.
2004- Presents the Summer Collection 2005 in the Salle Wagram in Paris/France. She also develops the uniforms for the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa. Remakes the creative concept of the brand Kispo.
2005- Participated in the exhibition "3" held by the magazine Dealer DeLuxe in Galliera Museum in Paris. Established a commercial partnership with Sonae for Children's collection “Katty Xiomara for Zippy”. That same year the designer feels the need to establish new goals, so the brand Katty Xiomara begins to participate in International fairs such as Bread & Butter (Berlin and Barcelona), Project Show (Las Vegas), Weareurope (Tokyo), Who's Next (Paris), Coterie (New York), D&A (New York) and Modtissimo (Porto).
2006- Launches her lingerie collection "XIK".
Designed a limited edition bag for Sony Playstation PSP - White.
2007- She is invited to design a limited edition package for Compal beverage "Strawberry & Apple". During the same year she designed the uniforms for the Japanese Restaurant "Góshò", a reference point in the city of Porto. The year 2007 is also marked by the opening of her Shop-Atelier on the emblematic street of Porto in Rua da Boavista.
2008- Creates a hat for the collection of the Museu Chapelaria (Hat Museum).
She is invited to "To Dress the Trees" in commemoration of 20th Anniversary of Parque de Serralves at the Contemporary Art Museum in Porto.
2009- She is invited to participate on the exhibition "The Power of Fashion - Against Cancer" at the Palácio de São Bento in Lisbon.
In partnership with the Portuguese League against Cancer and Maia City Hall she began her role as a Godmother for solar prevention in local schools.
At the end of this year she creates the illustration of the promotional T-shirt for the project "Terra dos Sonhos" (International organization the Wish granting).
She is invited to participate with Summer Collection 2010 in Fashion Week Castilla y León in Spain.
2010- She is invited to participate for Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary Commemoration Runway Show with a look inspired by the doll, and also with customized doll.
In the same year she dress up the famous doll Barbie with the title "Year 2059" for the 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Costume Museum in Lisbon. She was also invited to design an original look for Barbie based on the Pestana Sintra Golf Hotel, for the official opening of the new Barbie Suite.
Participate with Winter Collection 2011 for a runway show as a part of Weareurope event in Tokyo.
2011- In April she was chosen as the Expocosmética "Ambassador" an event of Beauty and Wellness trade show in Porto.
She attended at the Exhibition "Portugal Convida 2011" held in Barcelona.
Showcased Spring/Summer 2012 Collection the "Butterfly Effect" in the Parisian Gallery Backslash. A mixture of Fashion, Art, Dance and Video. The contemporary dancers danced wearing her clothes circling the Gallery.
2012- By the beginning of this year she received an official visit from His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva with his wife Mrs. Maria Cavaco Silva, accompanied by the Entrepreneurship Secretary of State, Youth and Sports Secretary of State. This official visit was included in the excellence creative industries.
Elaborates an illustration for a book “Contos Concentidos” by António de Souza-Cardoso.
She designed a gown inspired by “Femme en Noir” an emblematic image of port wine - Gran Porto Cruz to mark the opening of the space Porto Cruz.
At the same year she designs two exclusive footwear for the brand Only2Me.
Now in 2013 continues the request for attending events and having exciting new projects. Earlier this year she is nominated for the category of "Best Fashion Designer 2012" in Globos de Ouro 2013 (Portugal Golden Globe 2013).
Designed a gown for "Associação Abraço"- An organization that support people with HIV/Aids.
In September showcase the Spring/Summer Collection 2014 “Sketchcolors” in New York at the Fashion Week.
In October she signs the concept of a dessert “Muff de Alfarroba com Pérolas de Earl-Grey / Muff of Carob with Pearl of Earl-Grey” made by Chef Pedro Sequeira for the Astória Restaurant at the hotel InterContinental Porto-Pálacio das Cardosas.
2014 showcase the Winter 2014/15 Collection “Infographic” in New York at the Fashion Week.
This year the brand has a new challenge, we signed a new collection called Peanuts Played by Katty Xiomara where we play with the Peanuts characters - Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang.
This year she is nominated for the category of "Best Fashion Designer 2013" in Globos de Ouro 2014 (Portugal Golden Globe 2014). Also in June was awarded second prize (Silver) by IDA Awards
In September showcase the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection “Wireframe” in New York at the Fashion Week.
2015 showcase the Winter 2015/16 Collection “Re-Evolution” in New York at the Fashion Week.
In April 2015 was awarded: Second Prize (Silver) in Pret-a-Porter Competition for the Wireframe Project and Honorable Mention in Women PP Competition for the Wireframe Project.
Alongside her careers as a Fashion Designer, Katty Xiomara is a lecturer at Modatex in Porto, where she teach about themes like Street wear, Tribe, Urban Subculture.
Fashion and Technology in Florence 1st place - Internship at Trussardi House (1997) Show Case in the Absolut Vodka calendar (1998) European Design Annual 4/1999 - Certificate of Excellence (2000) European Design Annual 5/2000 – Honorable Mention (2001) Mention at the world competition for the American magazine "HOW" (2002) International Design Awards in the Pret-a-Porter category – Silver (06/2014) International Design Awards in Pret-a-Porter Competition for the Wireframe Project – Silver (06/2015) International Design Awards in Women PP Competition for the Wireframe Project - Honorable Mention (06/2015)