What do French painter Henri Matisse and Adele's Vogue photo shoot have in common? Any guesses? Let's say they were both inspired by one thing : the Romanian blouse. In fact, they weren't the only ones: Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier created their own versions of it and so did Tom Ford last year (the one worn by Adele in Vogue is his design). Of course, these are the most famous examples, as it is a long list of artists who used it in their work.
Because it is part of the traditional Romanian costume (now you mainly see it in a museum or maybe in the countryside) people don't wear it anymore on the streets. Or at least they rarely do. There are many types of costumes coming from different parts of the country and some of them have a very complex embroidery using gold and silver threads and beads. Lots and lots of beads.
If you want to see more outfits, take a look at a project I worked on last year.
Photography: Alex Yvan