House of Maffia find out a little more about VERGI one of the newest upcoming designers to join the fashion house.
Who is VERGI?
VERGI is design duo Alesia Rolik & Jekaterina Vasilega.
How and where did you meet, and why did you decide to work together?
We met each other at an art school in a countryside town Visaginas, Lithuania. After we moved to Vilnius we tried to create our common collection. We liked working together, we’ve got a common style and an idea to create our own cloth brand “VERGI”, which in translation from the Latin language means “to bow” to the fashion.
What inspired you to get into fashion design?
We really like fashion industry. It is so wide, that it is impossible for the job interest to disappear.
Where did you study and what did you specialise in at Art School (for example, textile design)?
We graduated from Art school and sewing basics` courses. We entered a college of Vilnius (costume design specialization) but decided to quit. We understood that starting working we’ll get much more experience and better results.
Did you train or get work experience with another design house before starting out on your own?
Yes, we had work experience in another fashion houses.
What is your favourite fashion era?
No preferences, from each epoch we take something ingenious.
What inspires your designs? How long does it take for you to put a collection together from your first ideas, to catwalk?
Inspiration is inside us. We induce each other for the new ideas.
How do you go about designing pieces from the very beginning; what thoughts run through your mind? The woman you are designing for? The statement she wants to make? Functionality? Affordability? Comfort? Femininity? Sensuality?
The very first aim creating the clothes – functionality and an idea. After that we are thinking about sexuality and a comfort.
Does your original vision change along the way as you experiment with fabrics, volumes and shapes?
Using simple fabrics we are trying to play with forms and volumes. We are looking for such fabrics, which are not used in sewing, and applying them to be worn.
Do you have any favourite fabrics and colours that you like to work with?
Which celebrity (past or present) would you most like to dress; why?
Which fashion houses/designers do you most admire; why?
Which model would you most like to see wearing your designs on the runway; why?
Tanya Dziahileva, because of she’s unusual, cind of futuristic face and hypnotizing look.
You say on your website that you would like to get into costpod nume design. Do you have any specific TV programmes or theatrical shows in mind?
Which is more important, technology or craft?
Coco Chanel designed clothes for herself, do you?
Do you prefer designing one type of clothing (wedding dresses, theatrical costumes) more than another?
What about fashion as a business?
Please briefly describe a typical working day.
Do you think it is possible to bring exclusive couture and high street fashion closer together? Would you want to?
How do you see fashion today? And tomorrow?
Please tell us more about the women behind the Vergi brand – Alesia & Jekaterina and your own individual preferences when it comes to the clothes that you wear.
We prefer to wear our brand clothes, and always high-heeled shoes.
How would you define your style?
Do you think fashion companies give young designers enough of a chance?
We know you are looking for sponsors and partners, please tell us a little about what you have in mind.
In a parallel life, what other careers might you have chosen?
Which runway: Paris, Milan, New York or London?
What’s next for you?
By Selina Dyer