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Fri, Mar 06


Romanian Cultural Institute

Romanian Annual Fashion Showcase 2020

A celebration of Romanian spring tradition of Mărțișor through fashion creativity

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Romanian Annual Fashion Showcase 2020
Romanian Annual Fashion Showcase 2020

Time & Location

Mar 06, 2020, 6:30 PM – 9:10 PM

Romanian Cultural Institute, 200 E 38th St, New York, NY 10016, USA

About The Event

We are thrilled to launch, as a new and spectacular feature of our permanent programs roster, the Romanian Fashion Showcase in New York, the world's undisputed fashion capital. The show celebrates the Romanian spring tradition of Little March/ Mărțișor (mərt͡siˈʃor) through outstanding fashion, featuring themed creations by top Romanian and Romanian-American designers. Alexandra Popescu York, DeCorina Hats, and Maressia will present their 2020 spring collections through a cutting-edge Runway Fashion Show and a Designer Corner.

The fashion show highlights the creativity and sustainability of Romanian fashion design as well as the contemporary relevance of Romanian traditions, reimagined in a modern interpretation. All three collections project elegance and glamour through original cuts and a burst of bold colors, and by incorporating handcrafting techniques and symbols derived from the Romanian age-old folk traditions. 

After the show, there will be an opportunity to view the designs, models, and meet with the designers. 

All participants will receive the traditional Romanian lucky charm Mărţişor, to bring them good fortune and health throughout the year. 

The event is free and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Featured designers/brands:

Alexandra Popescu York - The Romanian-born, New York-based designer has built a bridge between fashion and art and turned it into a recognized trademark uniquely of her own. Alexandra had over 20 runway shows at New York Fashion Week in the last 8 years. She specializes in couture and luxury dresses and she just launched a new ready-to-wear line for men and women that is currently sold at a prestigious store in Soho, New York. Alexandra’s creations were published in Vogue and a lot of celebrities and influencers are waiting in line to wear her collections. Read more about Alexandra Popescu York.

DeCorina Hats - Corina Leca is the founder and main designer of DeCorina Hats, making outstanding hats designed for special occasions and everyday wear but meant to create a lasting impression. The hats are manufactured in one of the most sophisticated workshops in Europe where many of the sewing machines are over 150 years old or at least replicas of the machines used in the Victorian era. “Hats are only for authentic people. If the hat is not an extension of your personality, then better not wear it,” states the designer’s own credo. Read more about DeCorina Hats.

Maressia, the brand founded by Alina Marica, focuses on traditional embroidery. The original technique is based on the so-called Maressia point, a star point inspired by the Romanian traditional cross-stitch yet more complex and sophisticated, which brings it to a new level of artistry. Maressia takes its inspiration from traditional textile techniques and reinvents them through stylization, leading to creations that are unique, original, and representative to a Romanian style. Read more about Maressia


MĂRŢISOR (mərt͡siˈʃor) or "little March" is considered a lucky charm (two red and white braided strings) related to the ritual celebrations of the beginning of spring and the revival of nature in the Romanian folk tradition. Included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Mărțișor has nowadays become more of a symbol of friendship, love, appreciation, and respect. Traditionally, it is believed that by offering this talisman to somebody that person will be strong and healthy throughout the entire year. In the old days, both women and men wore it pinned to their clothes, close to their hearts, until the last day of March when they would tie it to a fruit-tree twig.

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