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Metal Couture Designer Visits Classes

Manuel Albarrán Shares His Music-Industry Fashion Work With Students

Posted 03.12.10 by mica communications

Manuel Albarrán's helmet for the Black Eyed Peas

BALTIMORE--Manuel Albarrán, a Spanish-born artist who specializes in wearable metal art, recently visited MICA's Fantasy Art class taught by José Villarrubia in the illustration department as well as two classes in the animation department, Intro to 3-D Animation and Advanced 2-D Animation. Albarrán, who studied fashion and has been a metal couture designer since 2000, is a pioneer in developing metal accessories on flat metal plate. He has recently worked with celebrity actors and musicians including Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Tyra Banks, Milla Jovovich and Zoe Saldana.

Among the pieces he showed the students--and they got to try on--was a helmet commissioned by the Black Eye Peas and featured in their video Imma Be Rocking That Body (see the video on YouTube).

Manuel Albarrán visits MICA"Manuel lives between Barcelona and India, and he talked to the students about his career, ideas and use of materials, but also about how Indian spiritual beliefs and martial arts affect his personal and professional lives," Villarrubia said.

Fantasy Art student Cherlyn Chong Peiwen said "that is the most fantastic thing I've ever experienced" about Albarrán's visit to her class.

To see more of his work, click here.

Image captions: (Top) A still from the Black Eye Peas video Imma Be Rocking That Body in which the band commissioned Manuel Albarrán to create the helmet shown. (Bottom) Albarrán visits MICA, bringing the Black Eyed Peas helmet. Photo by J. Villarrubia