Personage : Irina Nicolaevna

Bibiana Álvarez, Lidiya Suteva, Wanjing Li Begonia, Huang Jo-Wei Sunny: …we invented a personage, we gave her a date of birth and wrote about her life.

We made her clothing .

Personage : Irina Nicolaevna

Born: 1890, Moscow, Russia

Family: Aristocratic Russian family (her father has a high position in the Russian army, before the revolution; her husband had a high position in the army, he was loyal to the Tsar, he was killed during the World War I;  her mother was from an old aristocratic family; her brother however had liberal opinions and attitudes; she had a child.

Character: duality of mind and versatility; ability to see both sides of the same coin; elegance; the mistakes of youth; happiness, self-centeredness, imagination and restlessness like children. She considered life as a game; looking for fun and new situations. Sometimes she used her attributes to achieve her own goals; she is able to resort to lies without losing her charm just to get what she wants; she gets discouraged easily (such as children when they do not get what they want); she likes to receive attention, gifts and compliments.

Before the revolution she was leading a typical life of a woman from the Russian aristocracy, but also she was interested in the contemporary tendencies in the arts, she has close relationships with some of the Russian artists and poets (poetesses) of the time before the revolution. However after the revolution her life changed dramatically. She lost her position, her fortune, her husband. She was forced to hide and then change her identity (pretending that she is an ordinary woman without aristocratic background) in order to save her life and her child’s life.


( a project for Manuela Porta)

Personage : Irina Nicolaevna

from foot to head















From foot to head

from Thursday, March 17th to Wednesday, April 20th 2016

GALLERIA ARTEPASSANTE STAZIONE PORTA VENEZIA Railway station Porta Venezia, Milano Entrance METRO corner Buenos Aires/Tunisia

The exhibition From foot to head originates in the course of Project Methodology of the MA Degree in Fashion and Textile Design NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, Italy). The course inspiration has a root sprouting from Cinzia Ruggeri insight on the desire of everyone to “leave a trace, a sign, a message” Cinzia Ruggeri challenge her students to think of a possible footprint that encompasses the personality of their alter ego. These visions are materialised through the manual construction of the elements that constitute the identity: the footprint, the shoe, apparel and accessory. All elements are hand-made, using a methodology that favours intuition and a taste for storytelling. The exhibition reveals these quiet and poetic presences.

  • Decomposition (Bibiana Álvarez, Spain)
  • Hybrid (Giulia Conversano, Italy)
  • Entangled Chant (Gozde Tekin, Turkey)
  • Cage (Jiajun Emmie Wang, China)
  • Eyes (Jo-Wei Sunny Wang, Taiwan)
  • Positive/negative Disintegration/reconstruction (Lidiya Suteva, Bulgary)
  • Sole allover (Mihaly Domokos, Hungary)
  • Nori (Oana Juganaru, Romania)
  • Existential travel (Senay Aslan, Turkey)
  • Prisoner (Shirley Loor, Ecuador)
  • Moonlight serenade (Shuo Wang, Cina)
  • Ethereal Flow (Susanne Sandgren, Norwey)
  • Lantern (Wanjing Li, China)
from foot to head