The collection titled „Slavic Goddesses” is a homage to Zo a Stryjeńska and Paulina Ołowska – artists who showcased their works exploring clash of tradition and modernity on international exhibitions in Paris (International Exhibition od Decorative Arts, 1925) and Berlin (Berlin Biennale, 2008). Acephala’s show in Paris is aimed to write a third chapter to this story. The newest collection explores the image of femininity on the edge of contemporary culture and slavic imagination.
Traditional Polish costumes transformed through geometrisation and simpli cation as seen in their paintings become reinvented with streetwear shapes which brings to the collection techno-slavic vibe. Distinctive elements such as cuts, nishings and patterns found in historical garments are separated from their natural context and used in modern, relaxed silhouettes.
There are 25 silhouettes in the collection. The range includes: outwear, dresses, skirts, trousers, shorts, tops, printed jerseys and knitwear. Specially designed prints and knitwear patterns mimic decorative motifs and cuts found in Stryjeńska’s artworks. Prints for the collection have been designed in collaboration with young Polish artist Maria Kopytko.
Clothes are made from luxurious fabrics sourced in Italy, Portugal and Japan. The most distinctive ones include: striped foil, pink cotton with cork coating, white felpa with PU coating, geometric lace and organic jerseys.
The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand and is part of its programme promoting Polish design worldwide.
Culture.pl: Global Promotion of Polish Design
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute,a state-funded cultural institution, is responsible for promoting Poland and the Polish culture abroad. Under the Culture.pl brand we present high quality initiatives and events in the field of music, art and design. Culture.pl is a daily updated information service on the most interesting Polish culture events around the world. It is also the largest and most comprehensive source of knowledge about the Polish culture. A special tab on design presents the latest trends in the contemporary Polish design and the latest projects of Polish designers.
The promotion of Polish design, carried out on a wide global scale, is one of the operational priorities of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Design is the platform for presenting the contemporary Polish culture and promoting Polish creativity. Starting in 2017, the programme to promote Polish design abroad now includes the very important design field that is fashion design. Our efforts in this area comprise a range of strategies – from establishing a presence at key fashion events like London Fashion Week to inspiring and supporting the work of individual designers.
The key to success is the fruitful cooperation with reputable partners, such as Ventura Lambrate (Milan), London Design Festival, Maison&Objet (Paris), Paris Design Week, DW! Sao Paulo Design Weekend, Inno Design Tech Expo (Hong Kong), Business of Design Week (Hong Kong), Istanbul Design Week, International Furniture Fair Singapore, Design Trade Copenhagen, International Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York), Wanted Design (New York), Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, What Design Can Do! (Amsterdam), Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven) and Wallpaper*.