Traditional Romanian outfits enhanced with smart modern designs

  • by Razvan Prejbeanu
  • Posted in Recommended manufacturers
  • June 27, 2016
Traditional Romanian outfits enhanced with smart modern designs

Two very talented girls updated the Romanian traditional costumes. They presented their collections recently at many fashion shows and events such as the one organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. These stylists, alumni of the National University for Arts of Bucharest have already gained the first prize in several competitions. The Romanian traditional outfits inspired in the past creators such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Kenzo or Tom Tord to mention only the most famous.

Iulia Ghenea and Emilia Tudoran are two stylists bursting with energy and ideas. They draw their main inspiration for their collections, in the beauty and the vitality of the cultural traditions and the Romanian customs. So, folk costumes reflect the traditional lifestyle of the people, a living document on the past which testifies of the authenticity of the artistic creation.

The Romanian folk costumes have different patterns and colors depending on their region of origin. They represent a strong tourist attraction. The Romanian « blouse », main part of the Romanian folk costume is called « ia » and was painted under this very name by the French painter Matisse. Its made of white fabric, in either hemp, linen or wool. The « ia » is then adorned and decorated with beads and embroidery on the sleeves, chest and neck.

During recent fashion shows, the two young stylists revisited part of the traditional cloakroom. In addition to a tremendous success during their fashion show at WIPO’s headquarters, the were recently the winners of the FashionFANatic 2016 competition, a contest aimed at finding talented designers. The organizers then support the winner with a photo shoot with a renowned photographer and a launching event with national media coverage.

Their collections are full of creativity. Several styles present dresses with transparent bottom with printed fabrics of branching. This pattern is very present in the Romanian collective imagination, because wood and forests are a dominating component of the medieval mythical universe with a whole very rich wildlife (wolves, bears, foxes, lynx, etc.). Coupled with the legends of Transylvania, we obtain a marketing argument which shows itself through sinuous patterns of branches reflecting a veil of mystery, as the mists of the Carpathians blurring the roaring of the wolves of this region one full moon evening. One of these model with the dress which ends in branching also consists of an ultra smart undershirt. In fact it is a top cut at shoulders.

Other spotted trends: the oversize one, presented by a look oversized sleeves, thus an eccentricity of the proportions also highlighted in a model of oversized cape.

The presented models confirm that dresses and midday skirts make a strong comeback because they were spotted on a lot of fashion shows in New York. Finally, a model shows that the split dress is not only a celebrities’ privilege.