Ethnic Culture & Fashion

Folklore and traditional costumes in High Fashion

Text: Mariangela Stella


When tradition meets fashion, the history, the culture, the people, the way of life, the beauty of a country inspire fashion designers to create. Far East, and especially Japan, China and Korea gave orientalism. Chinese motifs, shapes, opulent prints and embroideries, highly decorative and luxury fabrics are reflected in the oriental tradition.



Dries Van Noten

Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton

Roberto Cavalli

John Galliano



A travel into the Balkan world.

Last seasons Balkan was adopted by many designers like Tao, John Galliano and Kenzo. Vivienne Westwood was inspired by Turkish harem pants and John Galliano by Slavic brides. Eastern European heritage revives on catwalks.


John Galliano

Tao, Christian Dior

Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo

Tom Ford, Jason Wu

Spanish flavor cannot easily pass unnoticed. Charming feminine apparel, passionate society, vivid colors, flowers, lace, bullfight and flamingo dancers make this country unique.


Alexander McQueen  

Jean Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren


Because folklore is part of our heritage and will always follow us.