Marina Sasseron de Oliveira Cabral (1981) is a designer and researcher interested in critical fashion and learning processes. Having achieved vast experience working as a fashion designer in Brazil for the past fifteen years, Marina moved to the Netherlands, seeking balance between theory and practice in the field of fashion. As a researcher, she explores the performative potential of clothing - or what clothing can do - as an affective object situated within local contexts. Her interventions encourage students and non-experts in fashion to empathise with material clothing as a vehicle to initiate a dialogue and generate knowledge from an embodied and contextual perspective. By doing so, she aims to enable agency within structures where it does not exist, and show that fashion is more of a dynamic and complex local process than the mystified global way in which the current system operates.