Art Show Untamed Skin – the Romanian Blouse
Friday, April 24th, 2015 – 19:00
UNTAMED SKIN - THE ROMANIAN BLOUSE
24 April - 18 May @ Galateca
Opening: April 24; 19:00
Tuesday to Friday 12:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11:00 – 19:00
Part of the White Night of the Galleries, Night of Museums and Romanian Design Week
The seductive Romanian blouse became fashionable in the interwar period when Queen Marie of Romania began wearing it as a symbol of belonging. The blouse was made famous by Matisse and fashion luminaries Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emillio Pucci and, more recently, Tom Ford.
Imbued with narrative and memory, the 'Untamed Skin – the Romanian Blouse' exhibition takes the story of the exquisite Romanian blouse back to its roots as a wild, yet delicate garment which was always worn close to the skin, hand-crafted using natural textiles and pigments, and embroidered with primordial symbols and patterns.
Fashion designers Alexandru Nimurad and Alexandra Abraham and jewellery-designer Vika Tonu developed their collective clothing, accessory and jewellery collection around the blouse as an organic structure, honouring its distinctive local background and visual history.
International Fashion Showcase IFS 2015 – London Fashion Week has awarded Untamed Skin with three Special Mentions: for Best Exhibition, Best Emerging Designer (Vika Tonu & Alex Nimurad for their jewellery collection) & Best Curator (Roxana Gibescu)