By Tatiana Chumakova
A collection of evening and cocktail dresses, designed by Fashion Centre designers, was on show alongside a collection created by French Yuri Kot. “In creating the collection, we were inspired by such famous stylists as Lacroix and Lagerfeld,” explains Fashion Centre Director Lyubov Manulik. “Our dresses and suits are made primarily from natural fabric and jacquard.”
The Fashion Centre has been co-operating with France for 15 years, selling there clothes designed by Belarusians. According to Ms. Manulik, the Fashion Centre’s clothes are in high demand in Belarus and abroad, being moderately priced.
A personal exhibition by Belarusian artist Irina Kotova — Paris Imaginaire — has also been held, showcasing paintings created during her time in France. Most depict French architecture and are drawn in impressionistic style. They are on show in Belarus for the first time, travelling on to France in February-March 2011.
The With Love to Paris project has been organised by the Belarusian Fashion Centre and the National Art Museum, celebrating the ‘Year of French Culture in Belarus’.