The fashion designer Diamantina Arcoiris knowingly relocated her studio to Santa Fé, one of the most dangerous districts of Bogota. Crack, glue and alcohol abound; prostitution is rife. She gives them a chance to embroider her dresses and strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Life in Santa Fe revolves around crack, glue and cheap alcohol. Diamantina Arcoiris employs social outcasts, giving them a chance to create a daily structure for their lives and to have prospects for the future, as well as boosting their self-confidence. But hers is not a social project; it’s a business selling haute couture. The designer is currently planning a fashion show. Can she pull it off? A report by Xenia Böttcher.