Born as an artistic movement around 1919, Russian Constructivism proposed the ideology of “production art”, that is, art with a social meaning and practical purpose. Stemming from a series of debates and collaborations in INHUK and Vkhutemas*, it counted self-professed “artists-engineers” Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova and Lyubov Popova among its most passionate advocates. Their extensive work was geared towards a total re-organisation of life and a new form of artistic expression available to the masses, and, unsurprisingly, involved various creative areas, including fashion.
* INHUK – Institute of Artistic Culture; Vkhutemas – Higher Technical Artistic Studios
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With her international background, Moscow native Dasha Zhukova is making a momentous imprint on Russia’s art scene. Dasha spent her childhood abroad in the US, then moved to London to continue studies after completing college. It is in Europe that she began to reconnect with her homeland, Russia, and with art. Drawn to architecture and modern art, she saw a gap in the latter within Russia. An entrepreneur at heart, Dasha took it upon herself to establish a Russian center for contemporary art in Moscow. She founded such a center, called Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, or simply The Garage, due to the fact that it was originally located in a famous bus garage, the Bakhmetevsky. Continue reading “Birthday Girl: Dasha Zhukova” »
Summer beauty should be no-muss, no-fuss. You’ve got to combat the heat, which is something to keep in mind when choosing products. We wouldn’t want to spend an eon layering multiple eye shadows for the smoky look and perfectly smudging on liner and mascara to have it run down our faces, now would we! Good thing this summer is about (mostly) bare eyes.
1. Lips, lips, lips
Bright corals, tomato reds, raspberry pinks, and tangerine dreams are your go-to colors. This beauty trend looks amazing with an all white ensemble.
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Extravagant materials constructed the costumes of the Ballets Russes. Rich tapestries, ornate embroideries, lavish jewels, and bright colors brought the stories to life on the stage, and aided in producing an avant-garde and revolutionary experience for the audience which gave the Ballets Russes its fame today.
Otherworldly tales inspired the performances: pagan themes such as sacrifice infused The Rite of Spring, Firebird stemmed from a magical, folkloric character, puppets and jesters streamlined Petrushka. Such imaginative ideas necessitated exotic costumes.
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The gray coat
This year’s gray coat is anything but dull! A menswear inspired piece seen on the runways in prominently below the knee lengths with double lapel collars, this overcoat works over anything, and will keep you warm all season long. Wear with tights and a chunky heel, as seen at Przhonskaya, so as not to let the coat overwhelm you.
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