Luiven Rivas-Sanchez

Born Venezuela, South America.

His studies in medicine at The University of Zulia in Venezuela were short lived in preference to a career in Art.  As a result, Luiven attended a two year course at Cleveland College of Art and Design in the North East of England, where he was encouraged to develop textile designing. On completion, Luiven applied and was subsequently accepted to do a Bachelor of Arts degree course in Fashion/Textiles at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London (1981-1985) where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.

It was during this early period of his career that Luiven began designing printed textiles for John Galliano and Timney-Fowler in London. An early appointment as assistant designer to Katharine Hamnett upon graduating from SCM led to a significant career in textile designing. A prestigious clientele including John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Richmond-Cornejo, Deborah Milner and Jasper Conran soon developed (1985-1992) during which time an encapsulated range of printed/embellished silk designs were also presented at the Couture House of Christian Lacroix in Paris.

Luiven represented the United Kingdom at the 1987 International Textiles contest held in Tokyo, a prestigious event judged by International designers including Issey Miyake. He has been commissioned to design couture prints for the textile manufacturing company Bianchini-Ferrier in Lyon, France.

His work has been published by V&A, Thames & Hudson publications and featured in International Textiles magazine;  British, French and Italian Vogue as well as British Elle.

The Twenty First Century Textile gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London hold a selection of his printed and embellished samples previously commissioned by John Galliano and Jasper Conran, a selection of paper prints have been sold in Europe, the US and Japan.

Luiven has been a guest lecturer at Universities and Institutes of the Arts in the UK, the Subcontinent and Europe. He has participated and delivered key presentations at International Symposiums on the use of natural dyes and sustainable materials in fashion. He continues to enrich his knowledge of natural dyes and pigments with a vision to create a range of products using sustainable materials ideal for global marketing.

Luiven is currently writing a book entitled “Dyes in Fashion”: a highly colourful exploration into the world of natural dyes, being considered for publication by Thames and Hudson in London.

Luiven is the creator and founder of Bougainvillea Couture and independently works as a colour trend forecaster using sustainable colours and fabrics. Luiven is a member of TSA (Textile Society of America) and WSN (World Shibori Network).


Printed/Embellished silk crépe-de-chine. V&A Museum, London.UK


Silk crépe-de-chine leaf print. V&A Museum, London.UK


Printed/Embellished silk crépe-de-chine. V&A Museum, London. UK


Printed/Embellished silk crépe-de-chine. V&A Museum, London.UK