The Amber and Fashion Gala

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On Friday, 24 March, fashion was the star of the night at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre. The audience saw 13 shows, each in a different style and with a different leitmotif. But all of them were accompanied by amber. Two gigantic hands in an open, inviting gesture were an eye-catching feature of the minimalist stage set.

The night opened with a show of dresses by Michał Starost, designed for two participants in international beauty contests: Kamila Wenderlich and Izabela Krzan. Miss Poland 2016 was the first one to enter the stage gliding up on a mobile platform. The dresses, in Poland’s national colours, with decorations referring to Kashubian folk embroidery patterns, were presented by the winners of beauty contests at a local, national and global level, including Marta Pałucka, Miss World 2015. The fashion was accessorised with necklaces by Tri-City amber jewellery manufacturer, S&A Adam Pstrągowski.

The audience especially enthusiastically applauded simple, classic and minimalist collections. Such was the proposla from Maciej Piłat and Mariusz Gliwiński. Loose-fitting woollen coats were combined with substantial jewellery: irregular pieces of raw amber enclosed in delicate silver frames. Another natural cotton-and-flax collection was inspired by the aesthetics of the Far East. The kimono-like fashion by young designer Dorota Podgórska was accessorised with necklaces by Dorota Cenecka. Amber also adorned the à la Japanese buns pinned up high on the models’ heads.

A parade of vivid colours was displayed in the collections by: Atelier Słoma & Trymbulak (fabrics covered with graphic art by Krystyna Serafin Andryszkiewicz) and Beata Jarmołowska (fabrics hand-dyed and woven by the designer). The jewellery accessories (by Jan Pomianowski and Danuta Burczik-Kruczkowska respectively) also operated with strong colour patches of amber, semi-precious stones and light-coloured pieces of driftwood washed out by the sea.

Bold shapes were brought to the catwalk in the Revolution show, dedicated to David Bowie (fashion: Magdalena Arłukiewicz, jewellery: Jolanta and Andrzej Kupniewski). The clothing was dominated by predatory design, in reference to the musician’s daring, even aggressive style and makeup. The jewellery’s leitmotif was an amber fang—a symbol of creative courage, which the British artist had in abundance. The creations were accessorised with sewn black leather bags by Nina Kupniewska and Dario Alessandro (Black Mind).

The face of the contemporary city was reflected in the Urban Nomad collection by Joanna Weyna, Adriana Lisowska and Beata Miłogrodzka. The fashion blurred the lines between women’s and men’s clothing: the female models donned loose-fitting tailcoats, the male models—pleated skirts. Each outfit was accessorised with a fancifully brimmed hat and a brooch which combined a large matt piece of amber with ebony and aluminium.
There were stylish and sophisticated collections, too. Dark, shadowy dresses were featured by both Dominika Czarnecka (with jewellery by Eliza and Konrad Bondaruk) in her Black Orchid collection and by Michał Starost (with ornamental, painterly jewellery by Danka Czapnik) in his Black Sun collection.

Three artistic duos interpreted the notion of freedom (a show to celebrate 25 years of the STFZ Association of Jewellery Experts, organised in collaboration with the City of Gdańsk). And so: Marcin Tymiński designed jewellery based on tattoo art iconography as an expression of artistic freedom (with coats and dresses by Joanna Szmidt). Sława Tchórzewska composed jewellery out of various materials: silver, perspex, leather, Baltic amber, modelling clay and children’s toys. She was inspired by the flight of a bird in fully unrestricted space (dresses by Patryk Wojciechowski, runner-up in the second edition of Project Runway). The third team included Patrycja Bryszewska, finalist of last-year’s Amber Look Project young fashion designer competition, and Andrzej Jacyszyn.

The Gala featured the presentation of prestigious awards. Medals for promoting Gdańsk, the World Capital of Amber, were presented by Mayor Paweł Adamowicz to: graphic designer Małgorzata Gliwińska-Radwańska, jewellery designers Emilia Kohut, Danuta Burczik-Kruczkowska and Jacek Ostrowski, and translators Dorota Górak-Łuba and Piotr Łuba.
AMBERIF awards were also presented:
  • in the Bogdan Mirowski MERCURIUS GEDANENSIS jewellery competition, the Workmanship Excellence Category—the MTG SA Gold Medal went to Dariusz Zarański; in the Design category—the Grand Prix and a statuette from the Minister of Development went to Jarosław Westermark;
  • in the AMBERIF DESIGN AWARD international jewellery design competition, the Main Prize went to Marcin Tymiński, Poland, the Amber Prize to Annelise Mercier, France, the Silver Prize to Susanne Elstner, Germany.
The highest honorary decoration in the world of handicraft, the Jan Kiliński Sabre, was presented to Karol Kowalski, Chairman of the Pomeranian Craft Chamber’s Goldsmiths and Jewellers Trade Committee.
AMBER LOOK had Michał Starost as its artistic director and was hosted by Conrado Moreno.

AMBERIF 2017 |
Dates: 22-25 March
Venue: AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, Żaglowa 11, Gdańsk, Poland
Organised by: MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co.
Project Director: Ewa Rachoń | | tel. +48 58 55 49 134