"Untamed Skin - The Romanian Blouse" shows the origins of the exquisite Romanian blouse - an untamed, yet delicate garment, traditionally worn close to the skin of its wearer and handcrafted from natural textiles and pigments and patterns.
Fashion designers Alexandru Nimurad and Alexandra Abraham and jewellery-designer Vika Tonu developed their collective clothing, accessory and jewellery collection around the blouse as an organic structure, honouring its distinctive local background and visual history.
The seductive Romanian blouse became fashionable in the interwar period when Queen Marie of Romania began wearing it as a symbol of belonging. The blouse was made famous by Matisse and fashion luminaries Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emilio Pucci and more recently Tom Ford.
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