Designer Vasso Consola presents ”Origami Blues” accessories series


Vasso Consola is a designer that actually ”designs” and however knows me properly understands that this is perhaps the biggest praise in my fashion vocabulary.Pushing  the boundaries between innovation and aesthetics, her work stands for the clear vision  and the chic character of the finished product.Iwas therefore much interested in the newly launched collection,called ”Origami Blues”. This collection actually launches the beginning of whole new series of origami inspired accessories that will be a continuum.

Now,the first collection presented consists of 8 hats/headpieces, all inspired from traditional origami shapes,with the slight exception of the shell form,being a variation of Tomoko Fuce’s shell. Designer Vasso Consola describes the experience with clarity and creative enthusiasm:

”My desire to experiment with this technique as well as my longtime desire to design hats were my motivation to create this collection. I was fascinated from the fact that a 3D geometrical form could be generated from only one square piece of paper. Also the unruptured relation that origami has with mathematics and geometry, upon which my work is based, stimulated my interest in deepening my knowledge of this technique. I chose to apply it in the creation of accessories, starting with hats. The reason for this lies in my question: « Why has nobody ever thought of creating something wearable out of these wonderful forms?” So here was my opportunity to do it.The game of origami functioned like a link to my childhood when creativity was related to discovery and fun.

The origami blues emerged as our presentation theme because we wanted to avoid clichés that require that all things Japanese have to be photographed with the analogue minimalist style. We wanted to contrast this cliche and added a little bit of emotion. So we decided to use an African originated beauty. As a result we had a theme that referred to blues with music setting the atmosphere for a series of divas whose wonderful voices submerge us into the depths of our emotions. This is an interesting antithesis to the austerity and rigour behind the geometric theorems of origami.

These are plans I had in mind for long, but previously I did not have free time required. However my transfer to another country, and the time I needed to be grounded here gave me free time to think and experiment. No I will not only design hats and accessories from now but I am also launching a new line of clothing that will be on the market in winter 2016. My new consept is a product for the luxury mass market but I don’t wish so reveal more details at the moment.”

The  collection featured will be  available to shops from Summer 2015 and there’s also a series of bags and clutches coming next with the same inspiration.Therefore,stay tuned for more!












(Photo shooting details: Photography : Vana Cotsia , Model: Astan Meyer, Make up: Fenia )

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Regarding Nick Knight’s aphorisms-a conversation between a renowned photographer (Chad Muller) and a journalist(Ilia Sybil).

European Playboy charity event (shot on film, in candlelight).

European Playboy charity event (shot on film, in candlelight).

I must admit that even though i am not a photographer and have little knowledge of techniques and styles,Mr Knight’s aphorism ”Essentially, an iPhone camera is as good as the Hasselblad I used to use”, in his Another mag interview left me in awe.Was i a traditionalist that believed in the quality of the light,the camera brand,the choice of angle and at the very end, the photographer’s work as art.Had i to redefine my visual perception of new age imagery via the one coming from mediums such as Instagram and mobile phone cameras? At this point i knew i had to discuss the issue further.Here’s the result of my discussion with Bambi magazine Editor-In-Chief plus renowned photographer Chad Muller.

-Dear Chad,i am very much aware of your career in photography but could you refresh readers’ minds a little bit?Thanks

I started shooting fashion decades ago, around the age of twelve. Now, I run this thing called Bambi Magazine

-I know that the way every photographer chooses to shoot has much to do about the means,isn’t it?

Different photographers shoot with different cameras, for different reasons. Some are limited financially. Some have favorite brands, cameras they’re comfortable shooting with. Some are drawn to technical specs. Some still shoot with film, which, provides a number of options, as well. Some care about the lens quality.

-Nick Knight,a famous fashion photographer,recently dismissed several photography methods and tools by commenting ”Essentially, an iPhone camera is as good as the Hasselblad I used to use.” How do you find that?

I think it’s great if he wants to appeal to young Twitter and Instagram users but professional editors, photographers, knowledgeable models, various clients…one can’t take that seriously.

- I,as a journalist feel its a way to attract attention,even negative one,regarding the Diesel campaign.Does that justify his statement?

Whether he’s out of ideas, trying to appeal to a younger crowd, creating controversy…or just out of his mind, I honestly can’t comment as I don’t know where he’s coming from here.

-Do you really think and feel there will be a day all all things will be digitalized?I mean ,light and film used in older fashion editorials provided them with a specific look-charm.Do you find a new aesthetics being born in our modern age?

There will come a day, sadly. Eventually, companies won’t be able to justify the production of film anymore, rendering analog cameras useless. This has already begun, several of the best films ever produced are no longer being manufactured. I would say, the new aesthetic is already here. Thank goodness for people like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, people who still prefer the old aesthetic, people that aren’t persuaded to switch, people who still argue quality over convenience.

-Didn’t know that about the film.Sounds a bit sad,though.Now,Nietzsche wrote ;”Aesthetics is the ethics of the future” Agree in a sense? 

Did Nietzsche write that on a piece of paper or on an iPad?

-Loved that one!And i also take it as a hint relating to our initial problematic, Mr Knight’s aphorisms and him influencing young photographers.I thank you.


Flip shot. Medium format film


Medium format film


Medium format film


07/08. — with Evan Biddell and Kat Climie.

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Photographer Stefan Milev:”Impressionist. Expressionist. Surrealist.”

Holy Me - Julia Feld, Berlin 2013

Holy Me – Julia Feld, Berlin 2013

Stefan Milev’s photographs are being described as sending out rays of sensual poetry,a sheer sensuality combined with strong photographic skills and a overall concept towards imagery perfection. ”He gives his pictures a subtle aura of mystery and stands with his work between photography and painting.Stefan Milev displays a highly artistic photographic identity towards the relationship between the model and his very personal technique of painting with light.

As a result, Milev’s picturesque meaning of photographs uncover a unique and multiplex sense for the Zeitgeist in photography.
Milev, first and foremost recognized as a pictorialist continues the tradition of Fine Art photographers from the early 19th Century, such as Alvin Langdon Coburn and George Seeley.”

Natasha Hey, Berlin 2012

Natasha Hey, Berlin 2012

Hιs work is indeed intriguing and so are his personal views on the matters of art,fashion and photography!

-What is the overall vision behind your work?

- There is no specific vision behind my work, no rules, no force, that’s the vision. “I see what I photograph, I photograph(capture) what I feel

-What inspires you? Fashion history, music, images..

- Everything you mentioned gives inspiration.  In general the way of living “mental freedom is the air I breath”

-What is your latest  project about?

-Vitruvian anubis, Delusion/Cause and 2+2=4 are upcoming collections/projects.

-Could you define’’ beauty’’ or ‘’style’’ in your very own terms?

- “Beauty is simple, style could be violent.” I like things without style, Photographs, paintings, workbooks, nature, breeding

~Any more infos you’d like to share with us regarding your future plans?

-  I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but every day brings new challenges, triumphs and successes. Photography is never boring

-What’s the best advice you’d give to someone considering entering the fashion world?

- Fashion is Zeitgeist, but I don’t like style and understand fashion, so I have no advices.

-Τhank you very much for the interview..

Control - Franzi Mueller, Berlin 2013

Control – Franzi Mueller, Berlin 2013

Dune - Simone van Werkhoven, Paris 2010

Dune – Simone van Werkhoven, Paris 2010

Isabell De Hillerin & Maud Le Fort, Berlin 2012

Isabell De Hillerin & Maud Le Fort, Berlin 2012

Maayan Keret, Munich 2011

Maayan Keret, Munich 2011

Milou Sluis I, Hochberg 2012

Milou Sluis I, Hochberg 2012

Poison - Robyn Connor, Paris 2010

Poison – Robyn Connor, Paris 2010

Somewhen II - Yasmin Mueller, Berlin 2013

Somewhen II – Yasmin Mueller, Berlin 2013

Somewhen IV - Yasmin Mueller, Berlin 2012

Somewhen IV – Yasmin Mueller, Berlin 2012

The Romantic Blur of Beauty - Polina Gureeva, London 2009

The Romantic Blur of Beauty – Polina Gureeva, London 2009

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Designer Dejan Despotovic-The future of Fashion,exclusive interview.

26571_378621567787_3254692_nI have to admit,i’ve been longing to arrange an interview with young designer Dejan Despotovic. It was this dark yet demure appeal of his designs,the dark side meeting the elegant one that intrigued me in the first place.The use of textiles and the cleverly arranged combinations of soft and ”strong” fabrics were are two features that made his work stand out even  from his early stages,as a mere student in High textile school in Belgrade.No wonder he’s having several awards under his belt so far, most of them awarded just after the design of his first  individual collection.(two consecutive nominations for the best young designer at Pantene Beauty Awards in 2006 and 2007, the winning of the first prize at the Nokia Awards competition for young designers at Fashion Selection and the winning of the Black & White competition at the opening of Belgrade Fashion Week in 2007). Ladies and Gentlemen,you know the name,now keep it in mind.

-What is the overall vision behind your work?

My vision is based on how to make a garment to be fashion forward, dark, strong but also romantic, wearable and sometimes elegant. Cut, details and form are my the most important prat in making clothes. I also love to tell a story on my presentations, and that is always connected to dark, sometimes horror inspired interiors, music and the look it self.

-What inspires you? Fashion history, music, images..

I loooove music , and music will be my inspiration forever. I am fully inspired after midnight when everybody is sleeping and I am in my room with one lamp over my head with my Ipod and music that inspires me. That is always some beautiful peaceful composer or some experimental singer. Such as Max Richter, Wim Mertens, Antony and the Johnsons, Chelsea Wolfe….etc.

-What is your latest collection/project about?

Thank you for this question because I am just finishing my new project which is about black cotton dress shirts. My biggest love always was the shirt. Womens, mens it doesn’t metter….I will include both womend and mens into this collection (line) which will be called “BLACK’D”.
BLACK’D will be continued from season to season and it will be all about black shirt made in so many ways and constructed in so many ways. Details are the most important part of my work. I love details, cuts and playing with form.

-Could you define’’ beauty’’ or ‘’style’’ in your very own terms?

Beauty is always in front of us and I think that everything has its own beauty even if we don’t see it at fist sight. Beauty is deep inside and when you find that beauty then things become more exiting and more fun!:)
Style is how you present your energy, your spirit and your education. Thee way u live, the way you dress that’s your own reflection and its good to have that unique reflection and it’s always good to see that creative, crazy, bright and smart reflection.

-Any more infos you’d like to share with us regarding your future plans?

The only thing you should think about is waiting for me to present BLACK’D and I would like to hear what people in NYC, US and the rest of the world think about having one or more of BLACK’D shirts in their closets.:)

-What’s the best advice you’d give to someone considering entering the fashion world?

Just be Strong, be yourself, consistent, sometimes take a risk, don’t let anyone lead your inspiration….Fashion is all about presenting our dreams, our inside beauty and energy, our imagination. But you always have to think about boundary between dreams and reality because the most beautiful thing is to see your design worn by someone….so be smart and make your “dream” wearable.

BLACK’D line images.

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Last but not least,my favorite design.I kind of.. need that dress!

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”Fashion By the Rules”-The One and Only Jeffrey Felner in an exclusive Inter-View.

Jeffrey Felner by illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon

Jeffrey Felner by illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon

Jeffrey Felner’s short bio in popular news plattform ‘‘’‘ describes him as ” a dedicated participant and well informed historian in the businesses of fashion and style. Decades of experience allow him to pursue almost any topic relating to fashion and style with unique insight and unrivaled acumen.”.Allow me to add his vast knowledge of fashion history plus his overall personality as a journalist,constantly showcasing the difference between a real ”fashion journalist” (in the old-fashioned yet accurate way), from a random fashion blogger.Book reviews in ”New York Journal Of Books”is also another chapter,i have been happy to get acquainted with as i have discovered great publications referring to fashion history ,fashion semiotics and the culture of apparel in general.His writing represents exactly what’s missing in today’s fashion commentary as he is not afraid to tell a spade,a spade.Mr Jeffrey Felner i salute you.” Fashionphiles”,do start taking notes!

~What attracted you in the fashion world at first place?
I think I always set my sights on fashion as it was always of interest to me. I am lucky enough to have been part of fashion from every conceivable aspect from fabric design to many facets of product design and even retail and wholesale. Fashion remains a never ending source of attraction and fascination.
With your years of fashion expertise, would you say that certain myths regarding fashion became less intriguing for you?
I think that the absolute hugest myth about the business of fashion is that it is glamorous. When I first began my journey, it was certainly more fabulous than it is today. Fashion magazines were really all about fashion and not advertising and editorials were about fantasy and selling clothes. Today it is very much about dollars cents and the barometer of what is considered successful has been irrevocably altered and damaged by the entrance of corporations who have taken fashion/designers under their awnings.
Today there is a myth about luxury that it is so exclusive which it is not. As far as I am concerned it is far too “democratic” and too easy to find, too accessible to too many people. When there was only a single outpost for a brand, then you had exclusivity and you had luxury.

~What inspires you? Fashion history, music, images..?
I am inspired everyday by those around me who constantly remind me that fashion changes and that one must be open and accepting of the evolution of fashion. As a book critic, I am always astounded by how much I don’t know about this world that I have been part of for so many years. I am always watching and looking and reading as much as I can wherever I may be. I am blessed with friends who share their talents with me and lead me to others who have great promise. One of the greatest inspirations for me is to find designers who understand the heritage of fashion and utilize the art of fashion in their own particular worlds of fashion

~Which is your personal definition of haute couture? Are there great couture designers nowadays to the height of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, etc?
For me, Haute Couture is all about the first the design and then it is all about the “petit mains” or those who make the art of Haute Couture possible. To me, a great designer of the Couture is like a conductor who knows how to lead his orchestra for if the designer has no sense of that, it is possible that he has no vision for the Couture. Couture remains at the mercy of the consumer, not the stores; these ladies dictate the success of any designer. Haute Couture is usually associated with Paris, but I have come to learn that this lost art is present in the United States as well as so many other countries around the world.

~Could you define’’ beauty’’ or ‘’style’’ in your very own terms?
I believe that one of the greatest sources on the topic was the late Diana Vreeland; to me she was utterly brilliant with what popped out of her mouth. She was outrageous and absolutely brilliant when it came to matters of both style and fashion as she made it perfectly clear that they were 2 separate entities and are rarely combined in everyday life. I have read countless books about her and I am always enlightened and amazed at how she conducted her life, her vision and her observations, no matter how outrageous.
Style is a very personal matter and is clearly dependent on the possessor. Fashion, in my mind, tends to be of the moment and fleeting. Wearing the latest shoe from Chanel does not make you stylish! Fashion can be bought but I do believe that style comes from within.

~Do you think that street style influences fashion or rather, fashion trends advertised create followers, fashionistas?
I believe that part of what ails the business of fashion is the media. There are far too many unqualified and uneducated “critics” of fashion. Street fashion is always a fascination for designers but it is the translation of it and the interpretation of it that makes it a trend. A very select few like Mr. Lagerfeld can exercise a huge influence in this arena, he is a zeitgeist of fashion and he is an astute observer of life. I prefer to call those who are immersed in fashion… “Fashionphiles” as I find the term fashionista very tired and overused. What bothers me most about the new generation of fashionphiles is their lack of education on the subject and the apparent lack of interest about the history of fashion.

Jeffrey Felner’s musings after consulting the Zeitgeist of Fashion by Jaff Noel Seijas

Jeffrey Felner’s musings after consulting the Zeitgeist of Fashion by Jaff Noel Seijas

The ”CORPICRUDI” visionary project- Crossing the fine thin line between Art and Fashion.

CORPICRUDI Aeternitas -  photographic dyptich with sculpture La Maddalena Penitente by Antonio Canova - 2009

CORPICRUDI Aeternitas – photographic dyptich with sculpture La Maddalena Penitente by Antonio Canova – 2009

Interviewing Samantha Stella founder and soul of of visionary artistic project  ”CORPICRUDI” has been something i’ve been longing to do for quite some time now,as i declare myself an avid fan of hers and Sergio Frazzingaro’s work.So here i am,happy to introduce”CORPICRUDI”,an artistic project that crosses the line between body art,fashion,video art and photography.

What is the overall vision behind the name?
CORPICRUDI is a combination of two Italian words sounding like “raw bodies”. It is a visionary artistic project conceived by me, Samantha Stella, and Sergio Frazzingaro, actually based in Milan, Italy. We work with photography and video made directly by us, and installations with structural and bodily elements conceived and directed by us, revealing our reflections on the body, death, beauty, harmony and eternity. We collaborate with writers, poets, visual artists, choreographers, fashion stylists and cultural networks, and present our projects in art galleries, theaters and museums.

What inspires you? Fashion, history, music, images…
We look at our historical past as a great source of inspiration, especially the Classical, Neoclassical and Preraphaelite periods, combining it to a contemporary mood. Music, from electronic to new wave and classical (Autechre, Joy Division, Chopin), and aesthetic rigor are important elements of our creations (Sergio is also an electronic producer and architect). Basically we take care of every detail appearing in our works, including costume and set design and styling. Control in the postures of the real bodies used in our live installations is due to my dance background.

What is your latest project about?
Our last project is “Sinfonia in Bianco minore” (“Symphony in White minor”) made in collaboration with artist Daniele Giunta, curated by Claudia Attimonelli and presented at Traffic Gallery in Bergamo, Italy. A reflection on the sentiment of eternity through a combination of photography and small drawings, a big painting lighted by a small videoprojection (photo and video by us, drawings and painting by Giunta). For the exhibition opening, a live installation was set up in the evocative spaces of the old matroneum in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo: a motionless white dressed female body near the old painting of the patron saint was capturing the spectators while the music composed and performed at the piano for the exhibition by Giunta was in the air. In the gallery a score composed and performed by me at the piano was playing as soundtrack of the video. Music was used in this project as an instrument of our reflections and not as a commentary.

Could you define “beauty’’ or “style’’ in your very own terms?
Beauty is a historical value running through the ages and the various means of human expression, while style is something connected with the aesthetic care of a person or a situation.

Any more infos you’d like to share with us regarding CORPICRUDI?
We are currently working on a new project inspired by an important Italian vate of poetry and by an English painter, including collaborations with academics, historians, journalists, poets and visual artists who were invited by us to give their suggestions in words about a particular work. Their texts will become part of an installation with structural, video-photographic and bodily elements created by us that will be presented next autumn 2013 in Milan and Venice. We are also thinking about a transposition in theater in collaboration with choreographer Matteo Levaggi of Balletto Teatro di Torino due to the success of our past creations together (“Primo Toccare” – with our set concept and costume design – and “Le Vergini” – from a project conceived by us, and our set and costume design – performed in international theaters in New York, Lyon, Belgrade, Miami, and Italy of course).

CORPICRUDI and Daniele Giunta - Sinfonia in Bianco minore - live installation Basilica S Maria Maggiore Bergamo 2012

CORPICRUDI and Daniele Giunta – Sinfonia in Bianco minore – live installation Basilica S Maria Maggiore Bergamo 2012

 CORPICRUDI Sinfonia in Bianco minore - photographic series 2012

CORPICRUDI Sinfonia in Bianco minore – photographic series 2012

CORPICRUDI Le Vergini - photographic series 2011

CORPICRUDI Le Vergini – photographic series 2011

CORPICRUDI Primo Toccare - set concept&design 2010

CORPICRUDI Primo Toccare – set concept&design 2010

CORPICRUDI White Lux - live installation Cavallerizza Reale Torino 2008

CORPICRUDI White Lux – live installation Cavallerizza Reale Torino 2008

CORPICRUDI Whte Lux - live installation - clothes by Alessandro De Benedetti 2008

CORPICRUDI Whte Lux – live installation – clothes by Alessandro De Benedetti 2008

(many thanks to Samantha Stella for the Inter-View above plus all the inspiration over the years!)

Tony Yaacoub has the perfect recipe for exceptional glamour!Exclusive interview.

Tony Yaacoub, Couture, Fall Winter, 2013, Paris

Tony Yaacoub is one of the unique cases that quietly produce little fashion diamonds-each of his collections is stunning,comparing exceptional elegance with his very own influences rooted in Libanon,Beirut. The brand’s vision  ”With a pinch of sexiness and a sprinkle of class” can very well summarize  the perfect recipe for glamour Tony Yaacoub is a master of. Since i came across his work,i declare my self an avid fan.

Tony Yaacoub is a fashion designer born in Lebanon and raised in United Arab Emirates, Dubai. His interest in dress making started at an early age, he moved to Paris in 2002 where he cultivated his talent.

He started his career back in Dubai where he started making dresses for family members and friends, in 2005, Tony Yaacoub opened his first atelier in Lebanon and his first fashion show in Metropolitan Grand Hotel proved that his talent is remarkable in Fashion industry. In 2005, Tony Yaacoub opened his own atelier in Lebanon, in 2010 and after 5 years Tony Yaacoub became a name to remember in the world of couture.

Sexy and sophisticated, his dresses are a combination of luxury fabrics and Swarovski stones. Virtually made by hand carefully interlined, stay taped and filled to perfection for each client.

The new brand name Tony Yaacoub Beirut was created to promote the name of Lebanon and his capital Beirut the only inspiration in Tony’s creation.

2nd floor, Mandarine building,
Rachid Karameh street, Verdun, Ain El-Tineh sector
Beirut, Lebanon
Phone: 00961 3 919094

A few words from the designer himself:

-What is the overall vision behind the brand name?

Its Just a couture cut that reveals the silhouette of the woman.

-What inspires you? Fashion history, music, images..

-Women and all precious things.

-What is your latest collection about?

Basically diamonds and precious stones.

-Could you define’’ beauty’’ or ‘’style’’ in your very own terms?

It   is unique, i would say is basically a mixture between beauty and style.

I feel privileged!

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(Images: courtesy of Tony Yaacoub Beirut Fall-Winter 2013 collection)

Photographer Sam Hessamian exclusive interview-Inside the black and white magic!


There was a strange,lets say,”relationship” between me and Sam Hessamian,if i may say than.Even though he has been one of my favorite photographers ever since i came across his work (and a great person,btw), i have been planning an Interview of him that for several reasons never managed to happen.So now,leaving the past distance and busy life difficulties i proudly present photographer Sam Hessamian and his excellent work that has appeared in i-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Qvest, Indie Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and many other publications.

Was photography a passion from the early times of your life?

Yes. I’ve always been fascinated by the medium.

-Are there any photographers/visual artists you ‘d say they have
influenced your aesthetics?

Not really. I’m much more influence by people and by music. Bebop Jazz.
Rock n’ roll. Classical. Opera. I’m also influenced by cinema. But not
really visually. More in the way of characters. Subject matter.

-Are you a fan of the ”retouched” or the ”unretouched”

Who can be a fan of plastic? I don’t know anybody who can relate to a
subject who has been so Photoshopped that she looks plastic. That fake
plastic skin you see in campaigns and even most editorials these days are
unconvincing. Why not just use mannequins in that case?

-Working on any project at the moment?

Nothing in particular. Just shooting stories. I have many projects in
mind, but that’s for later.

-Closing, which fashion designers and/or photographers you find they are
presenting something new?

I’ve seen people attempt to present new ideas all the time, but most often
it comes across as forced. What interests me more are those whose work
reflects the culture and the time more so than work that attempts to present something new.I’m living NYC,i like looking at work that reflects that feeling of living in the moment at this place and time.Who’s doing it right now?Its tough to say.I’m not sure.

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Cathy Wilkes- connecting fashion with art@Venice Biennale 2013

'I Give You All My Money', The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago,

‘I Give You All My Money’, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago,

Cathy Wilkes is no stranger to art connoisseurs. After all, she was nominated for the Turner Prize for her show at the Wilkes was nominated for the Turner Prize for her show at the Milton Keynes Gallery. This included her sculpture, Non-Verbal Installation, influenced by Lazarus Breaks His Fast, a painting in 1927 by Walter Sickert.

Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain and 2008 Turner Prize chairman, said: “Cathy’s work is not always going to be comfortable for the viewer. It’s like fragments of episodes in her life that we are not quite sure about. At some level, she’s inviting us to share issues that are deeply personal, almost too personal. One of the strongest visual features is the shop mannequin which has several attachments around her head. It is almost as if the mind is burdened with too many ideas.”

Now Cathy Wilkes is back with an installation in the 2013 Venice Biennale and the event is an opportunity for a presentation of her work,using with mixed media,mostly market dolls and processed fabrics, aiming to the status a person is limited today as well as posing existentialist questions regarding consumerism and the persona.Her work is a creation of a slowly emerging, distinctively personal vocabulary of sculptures and paintings which she makes and re-makes in evolving assemblages and environments.The interesting is that Cathy Wilke’s installations appear just like fashion photography imagery,with models in anorthdox poses,even annoying to the eye of the average person,let alone fashion crowd.

Her work is a great opportunity for fashion artists to be inspired and for the fashion industry for a strong necessary yet painful self-critique.

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Angel Barta,the designer,the talent,the fashion drama and Marc Jacobs’ role.

Angel Barta and Marc Jacobs

Angel Barta and Marc Jacobs

I thought it would have been much interesting should i manage to feature an interview with Angel Barta. She and her story seem to epitomize modern fashion circles,reality and,yes,common people’s prejudices in the people working in the industry that most times have a hint of reality.The whole interview made me think,i must admit and i bet it will also engage you  in re- thinking fashion industry issues.And that’s healthy,i promise.

-I really loved your collection.How can someone obtain,lets say,a coat of yours,or they are custom made unique pieces?

Each piece of my collection is hand made, unique, one of a kind made in the highest quality, real couture. My brand will be ready soon. In the near future people can order my clothes directly from me.

-You also wrote a book,” The Secret Love Affair in Paris”.What made you write it and what is it about?

My book is about the first 2 years of my relationship with Marc Jacobs. I wrote about the fashion world, my life in Paris, my passion for clothes and beauty.

I meet Marc Jacobs in the beginning of 2008 in Paris at the gym called L’Usine. He noticed me in the first moment. He told me he loved me and would make a topmodel out of me. He said he could sell ANYthing with my face. He invited me to private parties, to his Louis Vuitton show and dinner after. He was amazed by my personality and by the style that I represent. Then he realized that I have talent for fashion design. I have a unique style. Something that I did not study, it was born with me. He fooled me with love and promises of a big career in order to get my ideas for free. Anything I did he copied it for himself. He copied my designes, my lookbook, my photos, my colours, my shapes, my movements, my text ( in his interviews he said the same things that I usually say) my style, everything that is me.  He tries to live MY live. He says he wants to see the world through my eyes. He kept telling me that he would own up to loving me and tell the fashion world that he designed about me. But he never did.
In 2009 I realized that Jacobs just used me and my talent for his own success. I told him to stop designing about me and look for another muse, because I did not want to inspire him anymore! I wanted to live my life without him. I did not give him photos anymore. He did not let me go. He sent spyware to my pc, to my cell phone, he hired people to follow me and take photos of me on the street. So he got my ideas anyway in a very sneaky way.
Then I decided to write my story with him in a book. I used fake names in my book since I did not want Marc to have any problem out of it. I just hoped that after he reads my book he would let me go and leave me alone.
Would you mind explaining the whole issue regarding your style and Marc Jacobs?As i read it i found his behavior quite unprofessional..
Well,he became addicted to the success he earned with my ideas and he just could not let it go. As a revenge for my book, he gave all my dreams and wishes to other girls from my country. He started to make Hungarian models popular. In the big fashion magazines they had to act and poise the way I do on my photos. He also dressed them up the way I am dressing everyday!
What was the role of Katie Grand in the whole issue?
Katie Grand is the main supporter of Marc. She and the assistants and the friends of Marc, they all know about my story and they all support Marc in his cruel game against me. Katie Grand works for many brands and magazines. She helped Marc to spread my style and copy my photos in Vogue, LOVE magazine etc. Katie Grand casted the Hungarian models to many big shows such as Nina Ricci, Ungaro, Giles, Miu Miu and big campaigns like Prada. Vanessa Axente, a young Hungarian model has been the face of Prada for more than 3 seasons. ( only Sasha P. had 2 seasons long contract with Prada before.) The Hungarian models were unknown to the fashion industry before I met Marc. He supports them in order to pressure me.
Here is how they copied me for Prada and Miu Miu:
Here is an article on how obsessed Jacobs is with women:
I don’t know if you have already that. Here is my latest article with updates on Lily McMenamy:
What advice would you give to young designers starting their career in the cruel fashion industry?
My advice for the young fashion designers: If you are talented try not to meet Marc Jacobs! Because he controls the whole fashion world and he supports only the untalented people. He does not want talented designers to work in the industry…. and never post your work on the internet because they copy young designers all the time. Don’t keep your ideas on your computer, because from your Facebook they can easily hack your pc and get your secret ideas.  Famous designers have to design so many collections each year that they just don’t have new ideas any more.
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