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Posted on Jan 2 2017
Cemelia Skikos-ladiesngents

Cemelia Skikos-ladiesngents





Photographer   Claudia Goetzelmann





How old were you when you first started developing an affinity for fashion?
And how was that affinity expressed at first?

I was 15 years old and I never thought that I would choose fashion design as a career.
I was studying art and I realized that designing clothes was the perfect medium to express myself, rebel, and evade the uniformity of those days.
For me it was just another form of art.








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Your design philosophy stems "from a continuing fascination with the way garments can make an impact on our lives”.
Is there a personal story that also illustrates this philosophy?

My collections always express a little bit of tension between something that is more constricted and controlled and something less inhibited and free.
Opposites create drama. Good and bad inevitably coexist in our lives. Fashion can give a great amount of freedom to people and
no matter what times we live in, it can allow us to be who we want to be.







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Your collection for Summer 2017 bears the title «Alter Ego». Why did you pick this title?
My Spring 2017 collection investigates the possible ways of rendering the concept of identity and belonging of displaced people around the world.
It is about people who have to leave the place they considered home,
with it`s unique culture and beliefs; it is about becoming a migrant, a hybrid - one more displaced being of the world. When you leave your country you lose everything that is familiar to you including a big part of your identity.
You have to reinvent yourself to adapt to a new culture and contexts so you gain a new identity, an Alter Ego.






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Camelia Skikos-ladiesngents






Looking back to the time you first got into the fashion world as a professional, do you find that some aspects of your
thinking around a collection’s design have changed or evolved in a specific manner?

When I first started to work in the fashion industry I used to create collections for other companies. While I think it was an important experience that any designer has to have before starting their own line I came to a point when I needed more creative freedom and flexibility.
Creating from a place of freedom rather than normative restrictions based on the ideals of other companies seemed more appealing to me.
I really think that freedom is essential in order to create. After working for so long for other companies and designing collections that were rather commercial it took me a while to find a way to express and design things that represent who I am. But there is no shortcut for that, I think every designer has to go
through a period of experimentation before they find themselves and the best way to express who they are.







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Camelia Skikos-ladiesngents






Can you recall a garment that has played a significant role in some intense time or an important event in your life?
The school uniform I had to wear during communism in Romania. I tried to modify the design of it when I was a teenager and I got into trouble
when I tried to wear it in such a different way.







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