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Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” said Salvador Dali and “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” said Leo Burnett.

Through my own work I have tried to connect the dilemma of form vs content. My first real collection was inspired from a book of philosophical essays called To a Stranger from a Stranger by Mekhitar Garabedian, exploring the idea of an identity being a borrowed identity, borrowed from others. The atmosphere I tried to create was of undefined silhouettes and their shadows in the dark, where the city lights are reflected onto them, giving them a content, an identity. I tried to create the reflections on the silhouettes with fabric manipulation such as patchworks of fake fur, patchworks of cotton fabrics, prints and the pixelation in jacquard knitting. I wish to learn even more about the techniques, materials and technology used in fashion.



ACADEMY EXPERIENCE PORTFOLIO

Year 1st

My first projects were 3 experimental peaces. I made a skirt for which I was inspired by a kaleidoscope. Today more than ever we live in a multi layered world, where images are multiplying and changing faster and faster, bits of moments are being erased from our memory to leave space for always new ones. With each layer of the skirt I tried to uncover a pattern of shapes, that together one on top of the other create a magical pattern of a kaleidoscopic life.

Year 1st

A second experimental peace was a shirt dress, which I called Metamorphosis. Inspired by Kafkas short story I wanted to capture the idea of how a shirt can become a dress, combining the elements of transformation from a cocoon to a butterfly.

Year 1st

The last experimental peace was a jacket. We were given the task to create a jacket for our friend, based on their character. I see my friend Fumiko as a light, cheerful person, so I wanted to create a jacket for her that would look as if wind, a light breeze is blowing through her. Fumiko is very attached to her japanese heritage and feels close to the japanese cartoon art, so I used the work from Takashi Murakami as a print.

Year 1st

We also made a small collection on paper with samples of fabric swatches and treatments we would use. Through my first little collection I wanted to express the idea of how we leave prints, footprints behind everywhere we go. It could be translated platonically, how we leave peaces of ourselves in the hearts of others or very literally. We lean on the glass window and we leave a thumb print or a kiss, we sit down on a freshly painted bench, we step in water that gets splashed on our clothes. I think the thermal camera effect shows exactly those hidden prints we leave behind or that are part of us. So I wanted to use that as my colour palette.

Year 2nd

In my second year I had to make a historical costume. I picked to do a costume Annie Londonderry wore on her trip around the world. She was the first woman to ride a bike around the world and she completed the task in 1895. Annie fascinated me with her will and devotion. She wanted to prove she could do anything any man can do. Soon on her trip she changed her long skirt for bloomers. Wearing mans clothing must had been hard. She was very revolutionary with her beliefs and in a way that was the beginning of women’s freedom and better rights. I had to make the whole costume out of cotton fabrics, I dyed the fabric with coffee, to get the shade I needed. I had to learn about the old techniques of sowing. It was a very interesting experience creating the costume in the atmosphere of its period.

Year 2nd

Later I continued with my first real collection. I decided to use the feministic topic from my costume. So I focused my research on the He for She Campaign for gender equality. In that time I developed a fascination for knitting, so I wanted to explore it more through my designs. I my collection I am using the shape of jumpsuits, which represent the freedom of movement, in a way the freedom of gender equality. The knit is also a representation of comfort and easy movement, but the way it is braided, connected into knots it shows the body is captured, tightened. I am still working on my silhouettes of the collection. So most of my peaces are still in toils.

Year 2nd

Later I continued with my first real collection. I decided to use the feministic topic from my costume. So I focused my research on the He for She Campaign for gender equality. In that time I developed a fascination for knitting, so I wanted to explore it more through my designs. I my collection I am using the shape of jumpsuits, which represent the freedom of movement, in a way the freedom of gender equality. The knit is also a representation of comfort and easy movement, but the way it is braided, connected into knots it shows the body is captured, tightened. I am still working on my silhouettes of the collection. So most of my peaces are still in toils.

IZADORA VERLIC

Born on October 5th, 1994 in Ljubljana, Slovenia EU

Nationality: Slovene

e-mail: izadora.verlic@gmail.com

phone: +32 479 882 907

FORMAL EDUCATION

2013- Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Fashion Department
2009-2013 Poljane Grammar School (high school), Ljubljana, Slovenia EU
2001-2009 Primary School in Ljubljana, Slovenia EU

SUMMER COURSES

2012 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; Capturing Cafe Society, Developing New Concepts in Fashion, Creative Life Drawing
2012 English National Ballet Summer Course
2012 International Exchange with Albatera, Spain
2011 Paris Summer Intensive Pre-College Fashion Design course; Parsons The New School For Design
2010 Summer Pre-College Courses at Brown University, RI, USA; Putting ideas into words, LOL on Comedy

EXTRA EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

2012 Art:tecaji / Classes in architectural drawing
2010 - 2013 Likovni Atelje / Art-Life Drawing
2008 - 2013 Kjara’s Dance Project (Contemporary Dance, Modern Ballet)
2000 - 2008 Slovenian National Ballet School
2001 - 2010 Music Educational Center of Edgar Williams ( 2 years of piano + 7 years of violin)

EXHIBITIONS

2012 “White Noise” project performance in Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2012 Designing and coordinating high school’s Newspaper - “Pravi kot”
2011 Experimenta! (The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students) during Tallinn as an European Capital of Culture, project “Let’s Save Our Seas” (SOS) installation
2011 Exhibiting an installation Let’s SOS at MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2010 Establishment of “MAKfest” (Festival of Young Altruistic Culture) - 1 week of cultural events around Ljubljana, that raise money for students in foster homes.
2010 Presenting a video “We are all in a hurry” at Videomania, Ljubljana, Slovenia

AWARDS

2012 MAKfest receives Golden Bird - Golden Nest granted by Liberal Academy Slovenia to creators of outstanding achievements on various scopes in culture in Slovenia
2011 MAKfest is The Voluntary project of the year 2011
2011 Slovenian art exhibition wins at Experimenta!