Last weekend I was invited at the Fashion Garden, one of the many events that took place during the Transylvania International Music and Art Festival (TIMAF) in Cluj. For four years now, this festival seeks to offer the public the chance to interact with different cultural fields and to create a coherent dialogue between the public and relevant figures that activate in these fields. Fashion Garden is at its second edition, and this year it was “planted” in the heart of Cluj-Napoca in a pop-up space which displayed pieces from the graduate collections of some of this year’s UAD students. Besides the thorough selection of designer pieces, the Fashion Garden hosted a series of Fashion Talks where important representatives from the Romanian fashion and beauty industries discussed different aspects of their professional journey.
Lucian Broscatean, who manages to focus on his own conceptual fashion brand, and teach at the University of Art and Design, talked about the importance of academic guidance for a young fashion designer. The University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca offers its fashion students the opportunity to apply for internships at international brands, where they can learn how to function in the world of fashion, to experience the making of a collection, to deal with the everyday pressures and deadlines, to interact with other designers and other fashion systems. Ioana Ciolacu, a young Romanian fashion designer, who recently won the international ”Designer for Tomorrow” contest, talked about her personal fashion journey, and about the many ways in which winning an international contest changed her professional path. Andreea Macri, a valued Romanian fashion editor, working for The One Magazine, and a well known international fashion photographer, revealed some of the “behind the scenes” secrets from the international fashion weeks. Her backstage and runway photos capture not only the clothes, but the beauty of fashion and the uniqueness of moments in time. Alexandre Eram, the creative brain of the cosmetic brand Melkior, offered us an interesting presentation about the mechanisms behind beauty, fashion and trends in the world of cosmetics while focusing on his own brand. Last, but not least, two representatives from Farmec, one of the leading Romanian cosmetic brands, talked about the importance of inner beauty in relation to aesthetic beauty, offering us useful tricks on how to feel and look beautiful.
Raluca Popa, the one responsible for planting the first fashion seeds in the Fashion Garden, succeeded once again to bring together a handful of creative minds whose discourses tackled very interesting aspects of our fashion industry. The main subjects of every fashion talk were different, dealing with specific elements from the fashion and beauty system, but they all found common ground in their commitment towards building a coherent and functional system whose main goal is to support and promote beauty and craftsmanship, talent and professionalism, dedication and perseverance.
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