Imaculatura is a Bucharest-based project created by Anca Adina Cojocaru and Irina Constantin. The two artists mix poetry, illustration, design and even performance in order to conceptualize fashion items and pieces of clothing. They started the project in 2013, “based on the usage of concepts and resources of the creative fields including graphic design, fashion design and art related elements in an organic manner”.
Even the definition of what they actually do is a proof of their expresiveness: “What we do: Take a concept, turn it into clothes, use drawing, then photograph it as meaningful as possible. Then alter the clothes. Then photograph it again” (Roselect.ro).
As an example of their eccentricity, Anca and Irina transform usual stones or circulating coins in jewelry and associate the most unexpected objects to turn them into clothing and increase their virtual (and real) value. But probably the most intriguing aspect of all is the manner Imaculatura promotes the new collections it comes up with. The results come sometimes with a deep, clean, almost mathematical storyline, such as their new collection – ‘Île Flottante‘.
In an interview for Metal Magazine, Anca and Irina describe their creative process as therapeutic, cathartic and disciplined. Anca explains for the publication: “First I have to feel it, I’m like a resonance box that meddles with unaccountable sources or influences: a lot of graphic design, psychology, literature, contemporary dance, and pretty much any innovative stuff no matter the domain” (Metal Magazine, April, 2015).
Imaculatura got my attention with the recent “Prick. Tickle. Poison.”, an obscure exhibition I wanted to feature on Cultartes at the time, but it seemed so difficult to process that I practically couldn’t turn it into words. The one who said contemporary fashion became superficial is a moron.
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