INSPIRATION OF THE AUTHOR OLJA IVANJICKI
Petar Petrović Njegoš, ruler from the high mountains of clear skies and even clearer mind. He is here, among us, with his beautiful, profound words, thoughts that his descendants, fellow-countrymen are still uttering with the same passion now for several centuries, as though he is still present. They are aware of him, he is omnipresent. Not mentioning him at least once during the day feels like a loss, as though loosing thread. This mutual connection stands strong, reliable and permanent, special and life-saving. In this attempt of Njegoš’s appearance among us, in a, perhaps extravagant segment such as fashion and Fashion House MONA, I had the chance to revoke numerous personalities from Russia, Germany, Italy, as well as the Russian Emperor and Empress, their contemporaries, and the chance also to enrich us with the splendorous 19th century that provided philosophy and poetry and music and painting. Olga Olja Ivanjicki October 30, 2007.
The Fashion House “MONA“ had the honor to present the collection “Njegoš“ by the author Olja Ivanjicki, for the first time to the Belgrade public on October 22, 2007 on the Great Stage of the National Theater. The historical collections inspired by the culture of the Lepenski Vir, Byzantine civilization, medieval art, as well as by the work of Nikola Tesla, are a great contribution of this fashion house to spreading the national heritage around the world. After the very well-received collection “Tesla” with which began the cooperation between the fashion house “MONA” and Olja Ivanjicki, she created a collection in her recognizable style inspired by the great figure of the Serbian thought – Njegoš. The figure of Petar II Petrović Njegoš – bishop, philosopher, poet, statesman – inspired our most famous painter to transfer Njegoš’s life path as well as the spirit of the 19th century to the present. Through a unique integration of traditional forms and modern materials this collection underlines the existence of unbreakable ties between fashion and its artistic expression. The “Njegoš” collection consists of three thematic units – inspired by Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, as well as Italy of the 19th century. Olja Ivanjicki transferred the elements of the Montenegrin national costume from the 19th century in modern attire to the contemporary times. The models of this thematic unit which is dominated by traditional sleeveless jackets, vests, skirts and overcoat are made of leather in silver, gold, green, white, Byzantine blue as well as violet color. An important segment is devoted to the sleeveless jackets made of velvet decorated with ornaments taken over from the first edition of the “Mountain Wreath”, which are made by hand out of crystals. The authentic coloring of the costume was retained with the combination of red-green tones, and the pureness of Njegoš’s image was evoked by the silver and sky blue splendor. On the other hand the evening dresses and men’s suits portray the city population of Serbia and Montenegro of that time. The painter saw the ladies of the time in splendid dresses made of finest silk with vests decorated with embroidery and gentlemen in coats decorated with silver plates that gave them a modern stamp. The accessories take up a special place – bags, belts visibly related to the period of author’s inspiration with a contemporary design, enriched by Swarovski crystals, attractive colors provide a specific stamp to the collection. Following the life path of Njegoš, Olja Ivanjicki attempted to evoke the grandiosity and splendor of the Russian court during the rule of Emperor Nikolaj 1st Romanov. The magnificent dresses and men’s suits are made of finest materials with domination of leather, fur and silk. They remind of the life of the Russian aristocracy in the 19th century, but at the same time represent a completely new modern expression. With their colors: gold, silver, crimson, violet – these models convey the spirit of the Russian empire to the modern times. This part of the collection is accompanied by magnificently embroidery decorated accessories. The third part of the collection is inspired b Venice where Njegoš also spent some time. Olja Ivanjicki sees the life of the city on the lagoons in a joyous atmosphere of the carnival with emphasized forms and rich coloring. Each model is accompanied by lively Venetian masks which conjure the ingenuity and intrigue of the carnival. In addition to the author Olja Ivanjicki, the following MONA’S designers participated in the realization of this collection – Ana Leković, Mina Mirković, Mina Crnčević and Tanja Jovičić.