A continuation of the 2011 Project Associations fashion show, beautifully staged at the Catherine Park's elegant sights earlier in July, this fantastic exhibit at the Hermitage pavilion presents the works of St Petersburg's renowned fashion designers in Baroque – the style that defines Tsarskoye Selo.
The Rastrelli-inspired creations by Elena Badmaeva, Lilia Kisselenko, Tanya Kotegova, Stas Lopatkin, Tatyana Parfionova and Ianis Chamalidy are called to unite the lavish epoch of Russia's imperial grandeur and the evocative aspirations of today, with the historical interiors of the eighteenth-century Hermitage perfectly serving as wonderful real-life Baroque sets.
Successfully launched in 2009 as a result of creative interaction between Tsarskoye Selo and modern fashion designers of St Petersburg, Project Associations is about showing historical articles from the museum collection together with the new designs created on association with them.
At the War and Peace themed 2010 show at the Cameron Gallery, Lilia Kisselenko, Elena Badmaeva, Stas Lopatkin and Ianis Chamalidy demonstrated their works associated with ceremonial and everyday military uniforms of the 18th – early 20th centuries. This year's fashion fest dazzled the audience with a series of open-air scenes showcasing the designers' collections among the natural and man-made features of the Catherine Park. Now, the most impressive designs are displayed at the Project Associations Exhibition, giving double joy to visitors of the Hermitage pavilion until September 19, 2011.