Exhibited 7. – 22.12.2023

COSMIC SnowWhite
Christmas is a magical time when we are asked to believe in miracles, when dreams become reality and fairy tales are part of the Christmas coziness at home. Why not then look even further, beyond the foreseeable and the known and turn our gaze to what we imagine: the utopias of the Cosmos?

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What if such a well-known character from fairy tales, whose name contains the whiteness of winter, the beauty of snow, found herself on a journey far from Earth, into the cosmic infinity, provoking our fantasy? A fairy-tale Snow White in space, in the distant, futuristic, visionary future. The nostalgia, naivety and magic of childhood meet the vast world of space as we imagine it now, from the high-tech view of the 21st century, with nods to its projections in the futurism of the Space Age era of the 60s and its interpretations in the iconic clothing and accessories of André Courrèges and Paco Rabanne. The softness, tenderness, romance, femininity of the fairy-tale heroine are opposed to her modern emancipated image, handling with new technologies.

Layering of sheer fabrics, ruffles, sets, fitted ‘princess’ silhouettes contrast with cold metals, silver, the hardness of the protective ‘armor’ or spaceship, whose interior, technology and properties inspire textures, shapes and silhouettes. Design interpretations inspired by the Space Age era with clear geometric shapes and retro-futurism will include silvery surfaces with a steely sheen resembling molten metal, crystals and stalagmites. Silhouettes and shapes will be based on layering of transparencies, clearly separated segments, rounded sections, organic three-dimensionality, free folds, strict symmetry. Black and white sharp contrasts will be achieved with color-blocking.

In jewelry, we will see materials such as silver, glass, porcelain, membranes, mesh, crystals. Their shapes will be spherical, organic, wavy, sharp and often large-scale.

The colors in the theme are inspired by the description of Snow White in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale: “She is so named because she embodies the ideal of beauty – her face is ‘white as snow’, her lips are ‘crimson as blood’ and her hair is ‘black like ebony’. Space silver, white, pale gray, steel, graphite, black, greyish blue, sky and royal blue, old gold, nude complete the range.

Established and young designers from the IVAN ASEN 22 team take part in the event: fashion designers Georgi Florov, Anelia Antova, Dilyana Cholakova, Inna Gabrovska, Polina Sotirova, Slavina Petrova, Milena Nacheva, Yuliana Yanakova, Militsa Milanova, Eli Nenkovska, Kristina Ljubenova, Edzhe Dervish, Nicole Hagedorn, Radostina Klinkova, labels ROSICAMRSIK, YOD by Yana Dvoretska, Dinka Kasabova-DK, Dilyana Ivanova-YEDA nelmit, Evgeni Petkov-EUGENIO, OFF Limits, M.PointBrand, Vintage Sofia.
Jewelry for the theme will be created by Kalina Chankova, Boryana Dankova, Velislava Bozhinova, Katya Lazarova, KENNA Jewelry and KIA FIL. Theodora Penkova (National Academy of Arts), Danail Kapchin (New Bulgarian University), Reni Hadjieva (Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts Plovdiv ) and Theodora Nikolova (jewellery, New Bulgarian University) won the competition for talented “new names” for the theme.

As part of the event, on 16 and 17.12.2023, a designer´s weekend is coming up with clothes by Evgeni Petkov-EUGENIO and jewelry by Kalina Filcheva-KIA FIL under the motto “Lost in Shanghai”.

The opening is on 7.12.2023 with a welcome drink by AYA Estate Vineyards. The wines of Aya Estate – Colorito are modern, elegant, juicy, fine. Red wines from Melnik varieties are characterized by purity and minimalism – the main ideas underlying the project. Aya Estate is fully committed to sustainability and nature-friendly processes. Because the strength of the earth is the soul of the wine! You can feel it also here: https://drive.google.com/…/1M0pvpSduiP3q7Y5wxFh…/view…

Support for the IVAN ASEN 22 Foundation for the implementation of the “COSMIC SnowWhite” event is provided by the “America for Bulgaria” Foundation. The America for Bulgaria Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-political American charitable foundation that works in partnership with Bulgarian organizations to strengthen the private sector and democratic institutions in the country. The foundation is a result of the success of the Bulgarian-American Investment Fund (BAIF), established in 1991 by the US Congress with the support of the US Agency for International Development. For more information: www.us4bg.org.

Specially for the event, an author’s photo session was held with the work of the designers with photographer Elena Spasova, model: Alexandra Miteva (VISAGES Model Group), make-up: Hrisi Teova, hair: Stanimir Barutchiev-Miro (KEVIN.MURPHY), styling and set-design: Anelia Antova.

The interior design is by Dilyana Ivanova, and the author of the event’s graphic materials is Georgi Florov.

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