Artist: Daniela Ionescu
Exhibition: La Blouse Roumaine
Media: natural silk, hemp, cotton, thread, wool
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Daniela Ionescu is a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Art History. Daniela is originally from Romania and much of her work is inspired by her culture. She came to the United States about seventeen years ago where she began to study in the field of Art History.
The exhibition, La Blouse Roumaine consist of many types of clothing from the Romanian culture. The clothing was either placed on wooden poles hanging off the walls or on a mannequin. Women clothing includes dresses, skirts, blouses, and scarves. Men clothing includes trousers, coats, and blouses. All of the clothing had a similar style just that the colors and patterns were different. Most of the skirts consisted of dark colors like black and red with small designs of multiple colors. The blouses and dresses were mainly beige and had beautiful patterns around the sleeves with colors like black, red, purple and gold. The trousers were more neutral and only consisted of the color beige. However, the coats were beige with black designs and many smaller colorful designs in front of the coat as well as the sleeves.
La Blouse Roumaine was a collection of clothing from all over Romania. The clothing had different designs and based on the design a person from Romania could distinguish where it is from. According to Daniela, each women blouse tells a story and her mission is to continue telling the stories of these women. Daniela explained how there are no duplicates on the clothing, everything is original. The color red on clothing is worn by young women and older women wear darker colors like black. This type of Romanian clothing is only worn on special occasions like christmas, easter, and church events. Romanian clothing is pretty hard to find nowadays but when you do find any, it is very costly. Daniela mentioned that this type of clothing can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
La Blouse Roumaine was a very beautiful exhibition by Daniela. I thought it was nice to see the different type of clothing from the Romanian culture. It’s so interesting to know that someone can identify where was a specific set of clothing made simply by its design. I think clothing from different cultures is very beautiful. I wear clothing from the my Mexican culture during a special event of the year when we celebrate the Virgin Mary. Wearing my culture’s clothing is similar like the Romanians because we also wear our clothing during special occasions.