The Norwegian couturier Tomas Bagackas presented his first fashion collection in Paris 21. November 2013 at the elegant mansion belonging to the Lithuanian Embassy.
The aim of this collection was to see if different cultures might function in harmony as details from two different religions was represented in the final design of the outfits. In today’s world where increasing mass production of the clothes takes over peoples identity and joyful feeling fades away, where cultural and spiritual values are constantly changing and mixed together, designers puts an effort in working within sustainable and social responsive design. During creative process Bagackas relied on the globalization features: movement, development and universality. Garment for him is associated with a separate world, with its own specific constituent elements and structure.
Tomas Bagackas was inspired by rounded shapes from Islamic architecture that became a basic form for the silhouette, colors that are used in the robes of catholic church such as deep red, white and black. For the texture he has chosen a feeling of the sand from the hourglass that resulted in silk satin and organza fabrics that provides lightness and at the same time a strong sculptural ability surrounded by decent gloss touch.
This was the first catwalk show with impeccably red for Tomas in Paris. Presented wardrobe was down to earth, with below-the-knee hemlines, and yet his always mindful of making a difference. He does this with a raffia detail here, a handmade embroidery there or a lace appliqué elsewhere. The designer knows just what it takes to spice up everyday life. This was a collection for the vacation suitcase, with sculpted draping and luxurious fabrics cut to the perfectly proportioned volumes.
Lithuanian embassy in Paris for their kind hospitality, Gateway College Paris,The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK), Vilma Vysniauskiene, Florimon Conesa, Guy Hugo, Audrius Matutis, Xiao Feng Wang, Donatas Budzius, Ramute, Oda Madsen, Marthe Pollen Johansen, Sara Johansen and Åse-Marie Kvarme, Girmante Vaitkute, UAB Efrata.
United Dance Company, Paris. Managed by Alexander Hoffmann, presented by Schlote Productions, Salzburg. Invited in 2011 Tomas Bagackas to design produce and to be responsable for the costumes at their latest ballet production: ATEMLOS, (breathless) produced in the Schlote studioes in Salzburg, and presented on tour in Austria and Germany, spring, summer 2011. Presenting international solists from all over the world.
United Dance Company, the film, videscreen. Film by Romain Claris
United Dance Company is an international ballet company led for fifteen years by Alexandre Hoffmann. Under the protection of UNESCO, a dozen of very high level dancers come together for a common artistic project, for ten events.
Between theatre, contemporary or classic dance and original creations, immerse yourselves in this creative and poetic “kaleidoscope”, which reflects the particular language of the world of dance.
Learn the steps to creating a ballet: Costumes, rehearsals, troupe life, behind the scenes of a show, but also places steeped in history and magic such as the magnificent Theatre of Augsburg.
These images invite you to embark on a unique journey in the privacy of the Company through Austria and Germany. “We try to achieve this harmony, this moment where everything comes together… Then comes the emotion which you always want to feel...” Sergei Upkin, the ballet master.
with : Aleksandre Buber, International Guest soloist (Japan) Ovidiu Chitanu, International Guest soloist (Musical Theatre of Karelia) Yulia Dziatko, (Ballett Bolschoi Theatre Minsk White Russia) Ovidiu Iancu, (Ballet der Bucarester National Oper, Rumania) Konstantin Kushnetsov, (Ballett BolscROMAIN CLARIShoi Theatre Minsk White Russia) Mai Komori, (Finish National Ballet) Ville Mäki, (Finish National Ballet) Maria Madalina Stoica, (Ballet der Bucarester National Oper, Rumania) Christian Tarcea, (Ballet Dortmund) Christina Tipirig, (Oper und Ballet Theater Chisinau, Moldavia) Sergej Upkin, (Ballet der Nationalopera, Tallinn, Estland Miki Watanabe, International Guest soloist (Japan)
Art director Alexander Hoffmann
Costume designer Tomas Bagackas
Ballet Master Sergej Upkin
Lighting Atila Szabo
Stage Andras Palmai
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The synthesis of emotions of plastic, live music and costumes
Chamber dance performance “The Birds”, which is based on Contemporary Ballet motiv is a new project of Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre. Modern costumes created by Tomas Bagackas visually corresponding with stereotypic look of birds: friableness of feathers, multicolour scale of tones, freedom feeling. Performance author, choreographer Gytis Ivanauskas invoked by Contemporary Ballet creating different, based on interpretations, delicate dance compositions.
Music performed by New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) and directed by composer Gediminas Gelgotas presenting modern classical compositions, which are even more highlighting the main idea of performance – to identify superficial resemblance of birds with inner condition of people. This project is unique by its live sound on the stage, deep feeling of easthetics, precision classical dance and instrumental music.
Director Gytis Ivanauskas, Acted by Gytis Ivanauskas, Naglis Bierancas/Marius Miliauskas, Irina Nazarenko, Simona Paciukonyte, Composer Gediminas Gelgotas Costume designer Tomas Bagackas
In a coorporation with Oslo Quer festival, Tomas Bagackas presented a fashion collection in Oslo, Norway.
Fashion with a queer twist.
On the occasion of Women’s Day and Ladyfest Oslo Queer Festival invited to a different fashion show at The Villa on Friday 7 March.
– “Queer fashion for me includes everything from queer theory to anything that is not normal”, says fashion designer Tomas Bagackas showing his collection “Lipstick”.
– “The collection is all about living in the moment”, says Tomas Bagackas to Metal Supply.
– “This collection is a revolt against the shocking consumption we have, and I will show the importance of reusing and recycling.I focus on the history and unique qualities”.
Bagackas feel that he fits well into the framework of the festival. – “I am a different designer because I did not think of clothing as decoration, or that they will be selling. I relate well to the festival’s manifesto” says Bagackas.
The collection “Touch points” was presented April 11th 2008 in the Nb8 Gallery of the Oslo National Academy of Arts – KHIO – during the exhibition 22gether (two together). “The collection is dedicated both to women and men”. I was inspired by the idea: “The war between the genders is finished”. Basic idea was to give more freedom for self realization by replacing some existing dress codes used in the society. The main idea of the collection was to find new discourse inside the dressing style.
I have tried to find new borders by putting together different qualities of the fabric and details which “normally” is used by opposite sex.
Photo: Erik Ruud.
Style: Kjersti Andreassen.
Models: Andreas and Emma from agency Team models.
Hair: Lars Eriksen Eitran.
Thanks to Kristian Askim for using of his studio and equipment.