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At the beginning of September 2012 I decided to make a collection inspired from Catholic church head - pope Benedict XVI. At this time nobody had ever thought about the situation what happened in February 2013 - the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The papal conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Isn't that a mistic and paradox - catch the world's most important religious event before it had even happened? The main idea is to make people think about spiritual leader inside themselves - can't we be the one who decide what to do, in what do we believe and how to plan our life? Sometimes it's hard to believe that in 21st century church dogma and completely inelastic behavior can be real. But it is. And that's why this collection is made. Energy ball - dedication to ex-pope Benedict XIV and inspiration for the new one - Francis. Because of Francis identity (South America) there are some ethnic feeling inside the details. Religion has always been close to me. Before studying fashion design I decided to study theologhy. But it followed me in a different way. Photographer: Mareks Kolats; Model: Rudis Petersons; Face Mask: callaboration with Kristofers Reidzans
About the Designer
Dana is based in Riga, Latvia. She studied at Art Academy of Latvia. Her collections are produced in Latvia.
Dana is a freelance fashion designer-illustrator-artist. Graduated Riga Design and Art School, Fashion Design Department. Now studying in Art Academy of Latvia.
''Fashion - I believe I didn't choose it, but it was like an obvious intuition. I just followed it.''
She has always had an experimentally, creatively and humorous approach to her works and projects. Dana loves to experiment with the imbalance that emerges from taking elements out of their context. In 2012 nominated for „Latvian Design Award of the year” with her reversable coats collection ''HAPPY DOUBLE-SIDED COATS''.
Project ''Swan in oil.Before and After'' scored great success. It was published in ''The Australian Financial Review Magazine'' and also received big attention traveling around the world through web - trendhunter.com, mocoloco.com, etc. Photos are available in limited edition.