Diana Dias-Leao






I am inspired by the way people interact with one another alone, as part of a couple or in a crowd and love to explore themes of isolation and interaction by using the human form with or without the second social skin of garments.


Anorexia, Bulimia, Self Harm and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are on the increase all connected in some way with aspects relating to image and lack of confidence.


Children should never be made to feel they have to be fashionably slim or bullied because they are not wearing the accepted fashionable garments.


The main message I wish to convey in my work is the fact that even though the image is glittering it is the person inside who is priceless.


I have created a fantasy range of opulent glass dresses in iridescent glass, crystals and fine silken yarns designed only to be worn during a photography session.



Diana Dias-Leao


 Interest in the arts really started to influence my future at Scarborough College when I began a series of studies ending with a National Diploma in Design; the subjects included Fine Art and Lithography.

Teaching art and crafts to children with a wide range of ages proved to be both challenging and stimulating before I moved to Newcastle studying fashion at the Poly adding a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.

I came to London and worked for a while at the Katharine Hamnett Design Office in Islington, this was an interesting period providing a unique insight into the intricate world of fashion.

An A5 advert for Glass Fusing, Slumping and Casting lessons led me to Richmond College and a project stating that glass with one other chosen media had to be used to create a unique object led me to begin working on the glass dresses.

Sunderland Glass College was my next step with an intense year working again with glass dresses to gain an MA in Glass, while at the college I exhibited two large glass spider webs at the Tynemouth Railway Station.

Exhibitions have taken me to new and interesting areas starting with the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, the British Glass Biennale in Stourbridge along with my first one person show at the Broadfield House Glass Museum.

London shows have included the Studio Glass Gallery, London Glassblowing Gallery, also the SW1 Gallery near Victoria Station and Designers Block near Liverpool Station.

The Walker Gallery in Liverpool was the venue of my second one person exhibition; such a prestigious building seemed to add value to my works seeing my dresses with so many really famous classical works.

My aim for the future is to find a studio to work in instead of using a college or my lounge and kitchen so I can avoid eating food containing powdered glass.