vrijdag 24 mei 2013


Please introduce yourself: 
Milan Stamenovic is a 27 years old designer and artist with Serbian origin. He specialised in Culture of Costume and Haute Couture with high honers and has graduated with a distinction in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Eclectic by nature, Milan chosed the field of fashion as personal expression where he finds the opportunity to produce collections of unique jewellery, leather goods, … all as a result of his creative instinct. Milan's work is the fruit of a reflection that takes shape in the form of sophisticated, artistic versatility and extreme attention to detail. His collections are the confirmation of his rich Middle European style.

Where are you based?
MILIUS MILAN STAMENOVIC is based in the heart of Tuscany, in Florence, birth town of renaissance in Italy.

What inspires you in general?
The right inspiration can be contained in a single drop of the morning dew, if you can see it. The most unusual moments in the day or different experiences make me realize the uniqueness of the moment and of life itself, which I use in the designing process. Of course, fashion is a system with rules to be respected. Combining those two I’m able to create.

What is it like to be a young designer in your city/country?
Being a young designer means constant challenge, constant search for ways of expression, appending from more experienced designers and business experts from the fashion world. It means natural corse of getting stronger and getting prepared. It is fun, hard but worth the sacrifices.

What place/city do you find inspiring?
The roots are deep. The birth place doesn't fade ever. It becomes a base of inspiration, but there are the middle tones like great world places for example capital cities, ancient cities, natural beauties to be seen before dying and at last the head tones that are actually impressions of life itself and personal immagination of an own world. That is the proportion of places to be inspired by. That is a perfume of mind of one designer, of my mind…

What is the concept of your collection? 
At FASHIONCLASH Maastricht 2013 MILIUS MILAN STAMENOVIC is going to present a sequel of the HUNTER collection and as a homage to the 5th edition of FASHIONCLASH one more collection of Couture Jewellery named KINGS & PAWNS.  HUNTER collection has for a concept the pristine human need to hunt, to achieve the purpose of it's own existence. It is a basic need to go after things that we love and that we feel. This idea is presented by a personalisation of a figure which is the HUNTER. The style elaboration is captured through natural materials such as dear antlers, boar's teeth, thin, brass, seamy precious stones, leather dreads, gold leaf etc. MILIUS here offers strong defined design of Haute Couture Jewellery made by hand bringing the poise to the person who wears the designs made by MILAN and giving sublime definition to the created work. Another collection of jewellery, that will be seen at FASHIONCLASH Maastricht, is the KINGS & PAWNS collection. The concept behind it is a careful observation of the cornerstones of the ancient world that became a role model for nowadays society. One look back into the past. The collection KINGS & PAWNS is inspired by the entire world of mechanisms of governance from the ages. It is a review of the principles of foundation of our modern society in the cultural and philosophical aspect. It is also a sociological riddle and a provocation: what makes us kings or pawns, what makes us clever or fools?

What are your favourite materials for jewellery?
One more reason to create is the endless choice of materials with which it is possible to create an entire new world. The feeling for materials is the most important thing, more important than preferences. One designer showing a preference of a certain material is showing a weakness. Each concept and each new project is a different challenge to affront. Therefor, I like to make sense of different thematics and then decide the directions of material to choose.

Can you remember the first piece you designed?
As a little child, I discovered my mothers brooch in the shape of a ship with many sparkling stones. I disassembled it pretending to hide the treasure… Some time after that I realized that I can put things together and make treasures composing them, not splitting them apart. That is how I began to think of the jewellery. The first piece of jewellery that I ever made was created a long time ago. It was a gift to someone dear to me.

Describe your collection in three words 

Did you always wanted to work in the field of design?
If I may say, that my obsession with aesthetics led me through many aspects of beauty. I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in painting. I worked on the sculpture, relief, restoration, photography and design... After which I specialised in modeller in leather and in high fashion and culture of costume. That gives me a proper direction when I want to go.

Do you have a muse? If yes, who is it and why?
I have a strong believe that having just one type or one muse or one angle to do design or to affront creativity is a limitation. Be free minded and ready to confront different types of realities is what makes an designer complete and versatile.

Who is your favourite fashion/jewellery designer?
In each fashion era I found something interesting and inspiring, something to learn from. My favourite period are the 50’s, actually one designer in particular, which has sense of really rear elegance. I’m sure that you know who it is.

What is so far your greatest experience in your career? 
Recently I finished entire bag collection F/W 13 for one brand from Florence and one exciting experience was to enter in an huge show room filed with my designs. etc.

What is on your music list while you're making your collection?
Different moods of concentration… Everything

What made you smile today? 
Sunny day and a pretty face...

What is the latest thing you bought for yourself?
Dior Homme Intense

What can we expect from you in the future?
Anything is possible…

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