1 . Disseminate and consolidate, along with the Brazilian public, Zuzu Angel’s memory, be it in life, in work and her struggle, as well as the heroic dimension of the sacrifice of her son, Stuart Angel.
2 . Disseminate, by all means possible, the concept of "fashion with a Brazilian identity" which was advocated by Zuzu Angel, who had as a motto: "Brazilian fashion can only be international if it is legitimate."
3. Value Fashion in the broad scope of its importance to the country.
• As a productive force in our economy, a major employer, especially of female workforce.
• As a traditional autonomous economic activity, ensuring, through dressmaking, that countless Brazilian mothers are able to support their families without being absent from home, educating the children, acting as service providers for the clothing industry and serving “tailor-made” clients.
• As a segment of the visual arts.
• As a record of the Brazilian memory.
• As an expression and behavioral, anthropological and social development record of the people, in all its segments and extracts.
1. Praise and keep the Brazilian fashion creative capacity alive, awake and valued, always preserving the memory and the works of national artists in the industry, and relaying by all possible means and resources, the knowledge and expertise that contribute to this end. 2. Stimulate the freedom to choose, create and actm in fashion art and in the citizenship of the Brazilian people.
Zuzu Angel: “…Brazilian fashion can only reach internacional attention if it is legitimate.”
She was the first to propose the concept of fashion with a Brazilian identity.
Through this very personal work, she paved the way to America. The American fashion encyclopeditian Eleanor Lambert defined her: "She was Christian Lacroix, before Christian Lacroix".
Eugenia Sheppard, Bernardine Morris, June Weir and other important American journalists in the 70s praised her work.
Zuzu Angel created fashion for Hollywood divas such as Joan Crawford and Kim Novak, and was the first to export Brazilian fashion to the US. In 1970, her collection “Fashion and Freedom” took over all the windows of the Bergdorf Goodman department store in 5th Ave.
Among her clients, the first lady of Brazil, before the dictatorship showed its cruelest face. In 1971, after the Air Force killed her son Stuart, whose father, Norman Angel Jones, was American, she presented the "first political protest fashion show", as the world press called it, denouncing the tortures taking place in Brazil.
Today, Zuzu lends her name to schools and streets in several cities of Brazil, and the tunnel where she was killed in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, in an ambush by government agents, a crime that the Brazilian government officially recognized decades after.