Proudly wearing the Romanian peasant blouse aka "ia"

20 February, 2016



(Begins in Romanian; Continues in English) 

A trecut ceva vreme de cand am scris in romana pe blog, insa am simtit ca o postare de genul celei de azi necesita o descriere adecvata. Pentru mine, portul popular romanesc reprezinta unul dintre cele mai valoroase elemente ale neamului nostru si merita o promovare internationala pe masura. Pana si Vogue a imbracat-o pe Adele intr-o creatie Tom Ford inspirata din ia traditionala romaneasca. 

Mi-as dori totusi sa se vorbeasca mai mult despre inspiratia adusa de cultura bogata a tarii noastre in moda internationala. Mi-as dori ca Romania sa fie cunoscuta in afara mai mult pentru istoria, traditiile si peisajul ei minunat si mai putin pentru unele minoritati care ii pateaza imaginea. Mi-as dori ca tinerii romani ce locuiesc in strainatate sa nu se mai simta vreodata inferiori, marginalizati sau judecati din cauza nationalitatii si a stereotipurilor asociate cu Romania. 

Si eu la randul meu am trecut prin experiente asemanatoare, insa in 4 ani am reusit sa evit acest potential complex si sa il transform intr-un atuu, intr-o eticheta ce imi aduce numai avantaje. Sunt mandra sa fiu romanca datorita ambitiei insuflate de radacinile modeste din care provin, datorita pasaportului romanesc care m-a purtat prin atatea calatorii ce m-au imbogatit spiritual si intelectual, datorita integritatii, educatiei si creativitatii dobandite in Romania, si bineinteles datorita acelor romani admirabili pe care am sansa sa ii intalnesc chiar si departe de casa si care imi amintesc de ce merit sa ma mandresc cu tara mea. 

Un astfel de exemplu este chiar autoarea fotografiilor din postarea de azi, Liana Mitrea, o romanca nascuta chiar in orasul meu natal, Pitesti, insa pe care viata a purtat-o mult mai departe de acele granite. Am fost norocoasa sa o cunosc pe Liana cand m-am mutat in Aberdeen si de atunci am inceput sa colaboram, iar pozele de astazi nici ca puteau fi realizate de o persoana mai potrivita ca ea. Multumesc, Liana!! 

Bluza pe care o port provine din portul traditional Sibian si mi-a placut asa de tare incat am decis sa o adaptez unei tinute contemporane pe care as purta-o fara retinere la un eveniment fashion international (chiar si la una din saptamanile modei!). Mi se pare extrem de versatila prin cromatica ei, iar manecile voluminoase sunt super on-trend!

Bineinteles ca nu am putut uita de Dragobete, sarbatoarea iubirii in Romania (24 februarie) asa ca dedic postarea asta si iubirii mele pentru "iubire", sentimentul pur pe care l-am trait cel mai intens in Romania atat prin familie cat si prin natura incomparabila in mijlocul careia am crescut. Iti multumesc, draga tara! Te iubesc!

P.S. Ati auzit de IIANA.RO? Puteti achizitiona o multime de creatii inspirate din portul traditional romanesc, atat de moda cat si de decor

It’s been a while since I last wrote anything in Romanian on my blog, but I felt like this post deserved a special treatment in honour of my native language. Surprise to those of you who didn’t know that, given my perfect English (haha), but yes, I am actually ROMANIAN, and proud.

You might wonder why it took me so long then (4 years to be exact) to publicly wear a traditional Romanian blouse, aka "ia", and the answer could be that I was waiting for the perfect one. And here it is, a dream in black & white, voluminous sleeves and exquisite embroidery, thanks to my amazing Romanian friend and photographer, Liana Mitrea, who owns a treasure of traditional Romanian pieces. This blouse also reminded me of the one Adele worein 2011 for Vogue UK, which was actually created by Tom Ford, but obviously inspired from the Romanian traditional costume.

I felt so incredibly proud to wear this blouse in the street and so surprisingly comfortable, as the leather boots, skirt and belt made the outfit so “me” and modern, without looking “costumy” at all. This outfit is actually something that I would wear for an international fashion event, even during Fashion Week. I think it is so beautiful to embrace your native culture and positively promote it around the world. Romania definitely has an incredibly rich culture, whose reputation has unfortunately been tainted by certain minorities presented from a negative perspective.

However, I am and always will be proud to be Romanian, no matter where I will be in this world, because of my country’s history and culture, written by admirable heroes, inventors and talents, because of Romania’s unequalled natural landscape, because of the integrity, modesty and hard work instilled by my Romanian education and because of those few but remarkable Romanians I am fortunate enough to meet no matter where I travel around the world, who remind me why I should always be proud of my roots.

This post is also dedicated to Romania’s national love holiday, called “Dragobete”, celebrated on the 24th of February. This is a time that always reminds me how much I love the idea of “love”. I never felt a more powerful love than the one Romania has given me either trough my family or through its incredible nature. This is why I will always love my country.


P.S. For those of you who would like to discover some very fashionable and wearable traditional pieces, have a look at IIANA.RO! You won’t be disappointed.

I will leave you now with these beautiful photos taken by Liana. Enjoy!

love,
S








 







4 comments:

  1. I love it Sara! It's incredibly beautiful and it's nice to see that you have styled it to suit your own personal style :)

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  2. Hello Sara!

    I first wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOUR STYLE that is incredible.
    You're such a stylish girl and I love looking at your photos and the content of your articles :).

    I have a question. It seems that you travel a lot so how do you do to be photographed? Do you have your own photographer? I would like to begin my own blog but I don't have any photographer. I was thinking, maybe you ask photographer who offer this service for free?

    Many thanks for your answer by advance,
    Sorry for the mistakes, I'm French.
    Best wishes xoxo

    Elise

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