Interview with designer Daria Zhiliaeva (DZ), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design The Hostess Womenswear Collection.

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Interview with Daria Zhiliaeva at Monday 14th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
DZ : My graduate collection is about femininity and masculinity, strength and fragility. The collection's inspiration comes from an old Russian fairy tale. The Hostess of the Copper Mountain is a magic patron of miners. In this collection you can see the beautiful marriage of straight lines, as inspired by miner's uniforms, and the graceful volumes of Russian national costume.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
DZ : 9 months

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
DZ : It is the name of Russian fairy tale that I like a lot

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
DZ : I have found the real vintage miner's jacket and recreated it for my research. Also I made a lot of drawings and paintings, that were finally printed on linen for my collection