Forest Spectrum by Emiliya IV
‘Snow White’ by Brothers Grimm is a favorite fairy tale to a lot of small and not so small girls. As every female wants to be the most beautiful of all – the story makes the reader wanting to experience Snow White’s adventurous life. The story has such a big value to me because no matter when its written, it has a modern plot – women always competing about beauty ready to pay any price in the name of perfection; family drama – a death mother and a step mother being the torturer; a love story ; a magic story. Thus, the storyline provokes me to question myself – what is it a woman ready to pay to be the most beautiful of all? Is the fairy tale more imaginative than realistic?
Nowadays there are two stereotypes: be natural or be perfectly sophisticated. But even being natural is achieved through perfection. To me natural means less make up, showing some of your physical deficiencies that make you human and the right garment that will outline the woman’s personality. Thus, I have decided to create a look inspired by the natural and’ fresh-aired’ look of Snow White – skin white as snow, lips red as blood, high-waist flared skirt and high collars.
However, in my visual story there is no happy end – Snow White has been saved by the woods and kept there safe from the claws of the Queen .Snow is waiting for her moment to confront the evil. As Snow White is part of the woods, I searched for a way to express the life cycle of nature – the four seasons. Thus, I dedicated four outfits to each season –spring, summer, autumn and winter- and the last fifth one to the Queen. The last outfit was left for the Queen in order to remind that there will always be evil in the world – but with it there will always be a Snow White to stand against it.
As I am interested in digital printing – I took decision to represent each season through a print. I used photos from my own archive and the photographer Lora Todorova to develop textures that brought out the mood and the characteristics of each season. Moreover, as the grass is covering most of the earth and leafs are forming carpets on it during autumn, I was inspired to ‘merge’ the garments ,so each outfit no matter how many garments it had, would be in the same print – only different fabrics. Thus, I wanted to create the feeling that the body was wrapped in grass/leafs/snow. The main fabric that was used was polyester for banners – a heavy but very sculptural fabric. Thus, I gave a definite form to the flared high-waist skirts and fitted jackets. The shirt and the Queen’s dress were made out of satin which will smooth the silhouettes.
All in all, through this collection I wanted to remind women that being natural in your appearance and behavior and having imperfections is part of being human. The silhouettes are designed in a way that they outline only the waist and the breast and hide the bottom part of the body where there are more imperfections. The prints are in strong colours and in complex textures, so they bring an extravagant flavor. The garments are a tribute to nature, colour, woman’s femininity and one of the most memorable literature characters – Snow White.