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Fashion, Street Style, Travel

Depero Il Mago – inspired by Futurist trends

I never say no to any opportunity to visit Italy – as soon as I received the invitation to see the exhibition of Depero – one of Italian leaders of Futurism I was ready to go.

My art has been inspired a lot in the past by Constructivism and Futurism, but Depero’s name appeared new to me. After briefly familiarizing with his iconic works I knew it would be an inspiring trip – both for my art, as well as for fashion sense – as the use of colour that Depero used and how geometrically played with is truly inspiring and remains very modern in today’s aesthetics.

I wanted to wear something bold and graphic to match the theme of the exhibition, but also glamorous to keep my inner Italian chic sparkle. Therefore the jumpsuit sewn with a lot of detailed embroidery felt like a perfect choice for the occasion – the blend of avant-garde with a strong feminine touch.

Upon arrival you are greeted by unusual hosts – graphic characters from Depero’s artwork in the garden!

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Who’s more graphic?

The exhibition is held at Fondazione Magnani Rocca and it’s located in the midst of the beautiful region of Parma. Surrounded by the spacious fields with the distant sight of the hills, the palace shines in the early spring sunlight and made me feel of being invited to an intimate private view held for true art connoisseurs.

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The exhibition was a fantastic retrospective on Depero’s evolution in futurism as an artist. I was truly impressed by the perfection and cleanliness of his cuts and lines in graphic works and very adventurous use of colour and geometry. I admit, that as much as I am familiar with futurism, I think it was Depero where I have seen most vibrant and almost ‘pop’ use of colour, which made a lot of his designs timeless and still modern.

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It would be hard for me to select which artwork was my favorite, as the exhibition was very diverse across the decades of the artist’s work. However, my eyes were naturally most drawn to later work of Depero, which included his famous covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair. I truly enjoyed seeing his commercial work influenced by the architecture of New York, which is also one of my beloved timeless inspirations.

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And what would be an italian celebration without a party? Especially where you find out some art trivia like the bottle of Campari has been designed by Depero himself. That was followed by some Italian Parm ham (would be a sin not to eat while in Parma region, despite I stick to vegetarian diet), cheese and tortellinis!

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Grazie Depero and Kreativehouse for as usual beautiful, lasting memories!

Visit: 

Depero Il Mago – Fondazione Magnani Rocca

What I Wore: 

Jumpsuit: Miss Selfridge Premium Collection

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Choker: Swarovski

Photography by:

Kreativehouse

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Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Live Illustration, Travel

Live Illustration for Rotary Charity Ball (and medieval retreat at Hotel Krasicki)

Slow early January? That hasn’t been a case for me. I have been busy with my freelance work and also my first live illustration gig happened for the first time for me in Poland – in the region, where I come from. I have been invited by Rotary club to perform live illustration over their annual charity ball. It was the first time as well when the illustration was treated as in the form of charity – all the money spent on each individual portrait was going for the cause.

I was wearing this unique red dress from Lou – I wanted to be stand out and I thought that the collar and long sleeves with the waist ruffled bottom made it look super classy and elegant.

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I drew a lot of beautiful ladies that night dressed in very chic ball dresses, but I had to make a highlight on this lady who was also in red!

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It turned out to be extremely popular – while everyone was dining and wining, I was working super hard until 2AM!! And not everyone got drawn… I had to rest eventually after 5 hours 🙂

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Luckily I could catch a breath next day, as the event was taking place at the magnificent hotel Krasicki – have you ever wondered how it is to spend a night in medieval castle? Well, the ride up to northern part of Poland (Warmia & Mazury) could be just the right destination. The area is famous for many medieval castles and this one has been magnificently adapted to a 4 star hotel. You may think it is very cold inside (hence the winter full of snow outside) – but i was surprised how well heated the room and corridors were!

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credit: hotel Krasicki

It has a SPA (treated myself with a facial and massage after long night before), swimming pool, sauna… It does feel funny when you walk the corridors which are truly complex – you might actually get lost! I literally felt as if I was visiting one of those castles which are museums, but wandered off the official tourist trip and just was visiting it on my own and was allowed to touch all the objects 😉

The restaurant also was special – again had that museum vibe to it with a traditional elements of regional folk design. And traditional polish cuisine served with the top notch taste was delicious.

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credit: hotel Krasicki

It was a perfect getaway for me to enjoy live illustration, party, and the stay at the nice hotel… Travelling to Warmia (FYI the cleanest part of Poland) is very easy and cheap from London – since the opening of the new airport in Szymany, you can get a flight from… £7,99! I think that was the cheapest flight I ever took in my life – it was more expensive than luggage!

So, anyone fancies a medieval get away?