ISABELL DE HILLERIN
The spring/summer collection 2013 'eclectic line' of 'Isabell de Hillerin' creates a fashion-conscious fusion between the Moldovan handmade art and contemporary fashion design.
Traditional embroidery and hand-woven fabrics are reinterpreted in her creations, with the aim to counter the current loss of culture and push these highly skilled craftswomen by implementing their cultural skills in a modern fashion context. A combination of nostalgia and modern design gives the fashion label its own identity.
The unique art of weaving and embroidering is hardly practiced nowadays and is falling into oblivion. The manual production is very time- consuming and is not ‘fitting’ to our fast-moving and economically-orientated world. To strengthen this traditional artisanry, Isabell de Hillerin is working with local manufacturers in Romania and Moldova to support the production of handmade materials. The designer tries to raise the importance of the traditional values of the country`s craftsmanship, that has begun to fade out.
This cooperation was conceived through the Tandem programme which is supported by the European Commission Culture programme, Robert Bosch Stiftung and delivered by MitOst and the European Cultural Foundation. It was additionally supported by the Open Society Foundations with contribution of the arts and culture programme of Budapest.
In cooperation with Tatiana Popa/ Casa Parinteasca, Moldova and Balestra Berlin.
Tandem connects cultural managers from European Union countries and neighbouring countries - in this case Moldova - who want to build long-term partnerships and expand their skills and networks.
Cultural managers from different countries were given the opportunity to meet and form a 'tandem'. Over the course of a year, they developed innovative, cross-border creative projects together. This process of building relationships and networks was built on through a series of meetings, exchanges and workshops.
Directed and filmed by Tinus Kramer
Advised by Jotham Sietsma and Nicola Mullenger