Spring / Summer 2016

In the first Fantasia di Yeya collection ornamentation of medieval monasteries was used, with the desire to revive and preserve the unique beauty of tradition through their application in modern, wearable, pieces of clothing. Inspired by wall paintings and architecture of the Balkan Middle Ages, Fantasia di Yeya clothing pieces in the first collection, show us the unchanging beauty of cultural heritage, bringing fashion and tradition together in a unique way.

 

Medieval monasteries represent a unique treasury of historical and cultural heritage of this region. Built between the XII and XVII century, they not only shaped the landscape and culture of the region, but they represent an enduring testimony of the beauty of medieval architecture and painting. The frescoes and murals that cover the walls of these monasteries, captivate and delight with their beauty and spirituality that they radiate.

 

Ornamentation that is presented and preserved through church painting is one of the most important heritages and treasures of the region, while todays women represent the regions strength and future potential.

 

Fantasia di Yeya has found its footing and inexhaustible source of inspiration in the combination of these two strengths and beauties - ornaments and women.

 

 

 

Ornaments

 

Ornaments are decorations, made of plant, animal, geometric or anthropomorphic motives. Ornamentation is a collection of ornaments belonging to a particular cultural milieu. Historically, ornaments are present in virtually all cultures and civilizations, and they have been used as decoration in weaving, on clothing, in architecture and in all artistic or decorative elements in public and private spaces.

 

Each culture developed its ornamentation during hundreds of years, creating original decoration samples, taking samples from other cultures with which it mixed, intertwining and changing them along the way. Therefore, the ornaments of each culture are a unique testimony of its path, development, changing and expanding.

 

Fantasia di Yeya’s use of ornamentation in clothing pieces and items for home decoration, in a subtle, yet powerful way, combines and returns the lost spirit of culture and tradition to contemporary, urban life.

 

Ravanica, Moravian cultural heritage

Ravanica Monastery, was erected near Cuprija, in 1375, as the endowment of the great Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović. The monastery complex was made up of the main church dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord, dormitories, dining rooms and other ancillary buildings. It is believed that it was surrounded by walls with a total of seven towers. The monastery was destroyed many times and although most of the treasures were stolen, ornaments and murals remained sufficiently preserved to testify about the history of the time.

Ostrog, cultural heritage of Zeta

The history of the Ostrog monastery is related to the name of Saint Basil of Ostrog. The monastery is built in the rock that overlooks an area that belonged to the family Bjelopavlic, near the former Onogost and today Niksic. Territorially Ostrog Monastery belongs to today’s municipality of Danilovgrad in Montenegro. It was founded by the Herzegovinian Mitropolit Vasilije in the 17th century, whose relics are kept in the monastery the kivot.

Djurdjevi Stupovi, cultural heritage of Zeta

Djurdjevi Stupovi is one of the oldest Serbian monasteries, erected by Grand Duke Stefan Nemanja, on a hill above Novi Pazar, in Stari Ras and dedicated to St. George. It was completed in 1171, and the church was painted around year 1175. Today, the monastery was largely rebuilt and is active, with 7 monks and novices living in it. The building has a number of architectural and architectural innovation for the architecture of the time. Reconstruction of the frescoes is possible through old photos.

Sveta Sofija, Ohrid Cultural Heritage

The church of St. Sofia is located in the town of Ohrid in southwest Macedonia. The church is one of the most important and most monumental Macedonian monuments of medieval church architecture. The frescoes of St. Sofia are among the most beautiful and significant of the tradition of medieval paintings in Macedonia. Archbishop Leon, one of the most educated people of his time personally chose the motifs for the paintings.

Manasija, Moravian cultural heritage

The Manasija Monastery is the endowment of the Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarevic, located in the fort, which is surrounded by strong walls, near the city of Despotovac in Pomoravski district. It is believed that its construction was completed in 1418, and the same year the monks moved in. It is known that during the consecration of the main church, the service was attended by the then Serbian Patriarch, as well as many church and world dignitaries.

First Pec Patriarchate, the cultural heritage of Kosovo and Metohija

Patriarchate of Pec is a true anthology of Serbian sacral art throughout the period of several hundred years. In particular, the central church of the Holy Apostles, with several layers of ichnographically interesting and stylistically diverse painted decoration is a true artistic jewel. The oldest layer of frescoes in the main Apostles monastery, was created during the life of Arsenije Carnojevic,in the mid-13th century. The monastery is female, and nuns take care of it today. That is why it was chosen as the first.

 

Each season Fantasia di Yeya will have limited mini collections in special colors, with a distinctive and recognizable Fantasia di Yeya feel.