Medea Dressing at World Costume Festival
28 March, 2013
Medea Dressing at World Costume Festival
Young Georgian Theatre Painter from the Tbilisi Academy of Arts Barbare Aslamazi became winner among 20 other world costume designers in the competition organized by Sinag Arts Foundation, ITI-UNESCO Dream Center Philippines in terms of Prague Quadrennial. World Costume Festival will take place in Philippines from April 27 till May 2.
“It happened by chance. Together with other five participants, I took part in the Prague Quadrennial and I learned about this competition. I sent my costume ‘Medea’ and I
won participation in the World Costume Festival, that will take place in little historical town Vigan in Philippines,” Barbare Aslamazi told Georgian Journal.
Q. How the idea of Medea’s costume came to you and are the festival organizers aware of the fact that Medea was a Georgian woman?
A. I created this costume for my diploma thesis with great effort and help of my teachers from Academy of Arts as it was difficult to create accessories for the costume. They are made by means of galvanic method for copper and silver. It needed complicated chemical processes. I served as a model for the costume too because I had to make gauge on the body and shaved head as well and it was not easy to find someone who would agree on these terms. I made this costume according to the Euripides’ “Medea” in the toughest period of her life, when she was abandoned by her husband and Medea killed her children. That’s why she has bloodied mouth and hands. And it is important that Medea was a Colchisian woman. Besides, earrings are made by the enamel technology, which is the oldest Georgian tradition. These topics are emphasized.
Q. How will Festival look like and what results do you expect to get from it?
A. I have to present my costume and video art. From 20 participants festival will announce winners. There are medals and monetary rewards too. Besides I will participate in Street Dance, where all the costumes will be shown in motion on street carnival. Festival offers workshop to create on the place new costumes as festival will provide with utilities and materials. It creates very good opportunity and very creative atmosphere. In this costume I tried to express my attitude to worlds one of the most feminine and at the same time powerful women and tried to show the tragedy like eternal problem and that it can happen in modern world too. That’s why costume is theatrical and light with historical elements. I want to thank my teacher Claus Hipp from Germany and Ministry of Culture; their support helped me to join the festival.

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