˛. THE NEW GENERATION
fashion review as a diploma work was organized in the summer of 2004
for the students from the faculty Industrial Art – Fashion for a
bachelor’s degree at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. The project
was given the symbolic title AIRPORT and provided the opportunity
for the first professional demonstration of a group of young fashion
designers. The following graduating students presented works of theirs
– Yoanna Marinova (Stages), Ratka Dzhambazovska, (Globalization),
Veritza Tsakovska (Identity), Stefka Dimitrova (Chaos), Antonia Pashova
(A Man at the Airport), Konstantin Stoyanov (Non Verbal), Olivera
Atanasovska (Travelling in Cyber Space), Vancho Kertakov (Bermuda
Triangle), Stanka Traikova (The Genuine in Him), Leda Ekimova (Airport),
Hristina Nikolova (Freedom), Zhivka Dacheva (Corridor).
The team of lecturers to the young designers includes Professor
Gredi Assa, Professor Panaiot Panaiotov, Associate Professor Lubomir
Stoykov, Associate Professor Maya Bogdanova, Boriana Tsaneva, Ekaterina
Tsaneva, Mariella Gemisheva, Sandra Klincheva, Vesselin Jordanov
and Anni Avramova. The objective of the project is to design a fashion
collection and its presentation before the audience. The AIRPORT
topic is to attract the attention of the society to problems, related
to modern art, culture and the relations between people. It provides
sufficient freedom for the participants in the project to demonstrate
their personal position within the context of the modern fashion
trends. Provides them with the opportunity to make an analysis of
the time, in which we live focusing on the AIRPORT as a centre, a
world stage where different nationalities, cultural and fashion traditions
meet and pass each other. The topic offers rich possibilities for
interpretation, provides a chance for overall creative demonstration,
demonstration of modern thinking and individual creation on behalf
of the team members. The fact that more than half of the group are
foreign students is a perfect condition for study and development
of the topic for tolerance as a problem of the modern time.
In general, the AIRPORT topic may be reviewed as a crossroad, a
place that is neutral and hospitable, a place that puts people together
without introducing them to each other. Going into details, the project
participants deal with some of the possible aspects of the theme.
It could be considered as movement in the real space of people of
different generations, of different cultural identity, who have set
out on a travel through life in search of the direction. A travel
in the past, through the present or with a ticket for the future.
A travel in the reality, the fantasy or the cyber space. A travel
in the problems of the modern society: globalization, integration;
the passenger in his rush for the seat on the flight of his life,
etc. The diploma fashion show was realised with the kind assistance
of SOROS CENTER for cultural politics; CULTURE National fund; PROHELVETIA
– Swiss cultural program for Bulgaria; L`OREAL; The National Academy
of Art; ROLLMAN. Make-up is by Mariana Mihailova and Ani Andreeva
and hairdos by Milena Najdenova and L`OREAL. The models of Visage
Fashion Agency showed the garments of the young designers.
The diploma fashion show of the students from the academy of Art
is not the only success of the new generation of Bulgarian designers.
The works presented by the students from the New Bulgarian University
as well as the young fashion designers Dessislava Stoycheva, Maria
Doichinova ( recently she was appointed as an assistant of the famous
French designer Veronique Leroy), Milena Dobreva (who attended a
training course in London and was, though for a short time, a probationer
of the famous queen of the punk fashion Vivian Westwood), Tsvetelina
Brankova–Taneva and Silva Borisova for fashion house Zebra, Nina
Todorova, Ani and Krassi Stefanov (Studio Kav), Nikolai Pachev, etc.
were also very impressing.