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Nikolay Bozhilov for FSK / Transformations: FROM the Slavic Clothing Tradition TO Contemporary Designs

Inspiration:
The main inspiration comes from the tradition named “Nestinarstvo”, which has been named by UNESCO as a Bulgarian intangible cultural heritage and it is a ritual where a dance on hot coil is being performed by barefoot men and women, dressed in traditional Bulgarian costumes. Another major inspiration point is a specific element from the Bulgarian traditional costume, named “gaytan”. It is a key element in the national costume and it serves the purpose of a frame of the outfit that highlights the beauty of the Bulgarian woman.

Materials and techniques:
Various natural materials. The past, different tehniques, costumes and traditions have always been a main inspiration for the NIKOLAY BOZHILOV label. The collection combines the idea of the mysticism and strength of Bulgarian spirit and shows the image of the now-a-days empowered woman.

Photo: Peter Giodani

Photo: Peter Giodani

Photo: Peter Giodani

Photo: Peter Giodani

Photo: Peter Giodani

Photo: Boris Pretnar

Photo: Boris Pretnar

Photo: Boris Pretnar

Photo: Boris Pretnar

Credits

Collection or creation
Spirit Collection is part of an international project Transformations: FROM the Slavic Clothing Tradition TO Contemporary Designs under the auspices of the International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures curated by Jožica Brodarič

Brand
Nikolay Bozhilov

Designer and / or studio
Nikolay Bozhilov

Year of production
2020

Designer’s country of origin
Bulgaria

Country of brand origin
Bulgaria

Photography
Peter Giodani for International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures

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