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LOU PIRES

                             (they/them; she/her) is a third-year student of the Master of Fine Arts in Costume Production at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. They are graduates in Event Technology from the Jorge Amado University in Bahia, Brazil. A genderqueer costume designer interested in the languages ​​of theatre, dance, opera and popular music, Lou was born in the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, considered the birthplace of black culture in Brazil. Her work is influenced by the fusion of African, indigenous and Luso-Brazilian cultures. They have worked professionally with several designers in Brazil producing sets and costumes for music and dance productions. Lou worked as a costume assistant at Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Bahia from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, they founded Amarelo HandMade, where they researched, designed and built handmade sneakers until the year 2020. In 2021 they started the Master, and that will be completed in 2023.