Photos: The National Fashion Show in ViljandiText: Merilyn Merisalu Photos: Merli Antsmaa June 5, 2012
The models presented Ilme Kossesson’s linen dresses, inspired by Muhu designand decorated using a knitting machine, together with Aili Järvesaars Muhu-themed crocheted vests.
"Knitted Stripes of Viru County” by Kersti Loite uses fragments of stripes from a skirtfrom Jõhvi parish, knitted into different parts of modern apparel as folded patches. Thedesigner has made seven suits consisting of overcoats, skirts, jackets, vests and a tunic.
The master ofceremony, KristjanLüüs – a first-yeartheatre student at theCulture Academy –wore the nationaldress of the Tarvastuarea, made by KerstiRoosmaa.
Triin Amur presented a collection of women’s clothes that was inspired by thenational dress of Vormsi women and made of recycled material. The designer usedfabric leftovers and textiles from secondhand shops for the clothes.
Maaja Kalles collection included colorful dresses and skirts for children with designsfrom the islands of Western Estonia. Although such skirts were originally woven atSaaremaa from woolen yarn, using looms, Kalle used knitting needles and cotton.
Karolina Lehtma and Liisi-Ly Viitkin had a joint collection inspired by jackets fromSõrve. The modern collection that included jackets and overcoats for both men andwomen made many in the audience woo and desire the clothes they saw on the stage.
Gerly Karus collectionincluded open pocketsattached to the sides ofscarves. According to theauthor, theres no greatinterest in beltpockets, hence the idea toput the pockets needed tocarry stuff in the sides ofscarves, as the latterhappen to be hot items.The winter scarves weremade of drugget; those forthe spring season weremade of wool.
Kersti Pook’s graduation work consisted of four urban-style jackets from Põltsamaaand Kolga-Jaani parishes, accompanied by suitably striped skirts. The jackets aremade of modern materials and decorated with colourful ribbons and lace.
Külli Vähi had re-createdthe clothing of Ruhnu menfrom the beginning of the20th century. The ordercame from the RannarootsiMuseum. The collection isgoing to comprise auniform for the captain of aRuhnu-type ship. Thebuttons for the shirt had tobe made of silver, so that ifthe seaman drowned andwashed up on a foreignshore thered besomething to cover thecosts for his funeral.
This collection of childrens clothing by Janne Vaabla is based on the ethnographicstyle of mainland Estonian children’s clothing. The girls were wearing national shirtsmade of linen. Trench coats, denim sweaters and breeches were also presented.
Iriina Rei’s graduation work consisted of woolen knitted leggings that wouldntlook out of place today. The embroidery was inspired by the flowery designs ofMuhu from the first part of the 20th century, distinguished by stylised plantfigures.
Models in black-and-whitecostumes presentedknitted gloves by Liivi Vainwhile making fluid dancemoves with their hands.Vainu was inspired by birdand fir motifs fromLihula, as well as crosssigns, believed to grantprotection.