The All-Russian festival of folk art crafts “Russian Art Heritage”, organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, the National Chamber of Fashion and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, was held at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall.
The festival was dedicated to the development of traditional folk culture, the demonstration of Russian crafts, teaching the younger generation of national color and inspiring Russian designers to turn to their cultural roots. The combination of modern trends with traditional ornaments made it possible to show folk art crafts through the eyes of the fashion industry.
For three days, the special area of the “Manezh” turned into a stylized art studio, a huge creative workshop of folk crafts artists. The festival included interactive events in each thematic area of the exhibition. Within the framework of the festival, master classes were held: painting on wooden products, hoop embroidery and artistic lace weaving, “Khokhloma painting”. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Gulnaz Kadyrova took part in a master class in painting on wooden products and painted a nesting doll.
Mike Shilov curated the Russian Art Heritage exhibition.
The exhibition showcased the works of 25 folk art crafts – from Gzhel ceramics, Zhostovo painting and Palekh miniatures to Dymkovo toys and Vyatka lace. A new interpretation of artistic crafts could also be seen on the catwalk. Using traditional prints and, in some cases, cuts, designers Anya Tolstaya, L’EREDE, Zukhra Mingazova and Musharraf Shamsieva, Valeria Safina presented their collections on October 14, 2016 as part of a collective show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
Nadezhda Barmina presented jewelry designer Elizaveta Gorchak as part of the lecture “Natural motifs in the tradition of Russian jewelry art, their modern interpretation. Display of modern jewelry.
On the final day, a lecture by expert Ilektra Canestri “Russian costume and folklore in the collections of European fashion houses” was held at the site of the Russian Art Heritage festival. Also, within the framework of the festival, there was a meeting with the teacher of the international school of fashion Polimoda Niccolò Sbaraglia. He shared the experience of Italian designers in the application of new technologies in the manufacture of leather and metal products. Niccolo brought samples of jewelry, coats and bags, spoke about the technical side of production and invited those who wished to try on the items they liked.
“Russian Art Heritage” is a return to the origins of the national culture, history and traditions of Russia, a project of creating clothing collections by Russian designers using the style of folk art crafts (NKhP).