Lisbon Fashion Week: Lidija Kolovrat

544092_10152012668745555_1304504107_nLidija Kolovrat began her studies at the Film Academy of Zagreb, later she turned to fashion and entered another course, Design and Fabric Technology also in the Croatian capital city. Her passion for Portugal began while visiting and in 1990 she decided to stay permanently. There she regained her breath, opened her first business, an organic bakery but soon engaged in the artistic revolutions of Lisbon and became a prominent Maker.

Kolovrat’s extensive body of work includes costume design for performing arts reaching the public in multiple ways, she becomes a Fashion Maker. A contemplative and philosophic person yet hands-on and business driven, Kolovrat leaves her Bakery behind and sets up her Lab in the city centre. She opens a store, another stage emerges, with her interdisciplinary and community awareness the space would serve many purposes, from events to workshops. Kolovrat Lab operated for 15 years as an art space and had a recent rebirth as Kolovrat 79 in another location in the heart of Lisbon. Now the Lab has its own place on the spacious first floor of an old Bakehouse, accessible only by scrolling a long narrow corridor and adventuring on the old steps that lead to the top of the historical building. As concealed as it might seem, the Lab has hosted many concerts, talks, photography productions, filming and gatherings.

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Photos: ModaLisboa / Photography: Rui Vasco

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