Asya Kozina’s and Dmitriy Kozin’s joint history is based on the Baroque era, bombastic expression and their fascination for sculptures and paper art. They live in perfect symbiosis and complement each other, in daily life and at work.
– Dmitriy is the innovator, the fearless dreamer and the adventurer. I am the thorough hardworking perfectionist, says Asya, and Dmitriy adds:
– I completely agree with Asya, and I want to add that what she does is just perfect, fantastically talented and masterful.
It all begun ten years ago when Asya created a series of miniature wigs in paper, which she exhibited in her hometown, Cherkasy, Ukraine. Five years later, she followed up with a vernissage where models carried her clothes and wigs of paper. The vernissage was a success. Since then, Asya and Dmitriy have developed their paper wigs further, but always with history as the foundation.
– We chose the Baroque era for our first project as it is so inspiring. It is very important for an artist to base a project on something rich in associations. The entire history of fashion is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for us, says Dmitriy.
To Asya, the garments and wigs are more than just fabric from the past. Every piece of clothing tells a story about exactly why it was created and is a symbol for its time, a connection both she and Dmitriy are deeply fascinated in.
– I think we long for something long-forgotten, as popular culture puts too much emphasis on technical progress and efficiency. This is why we love the Baroque era. The value of those wigs were primarily aesthetic, they were notably uncomfortable to wear, but they were also wonderfully beautiful and exquisite, not necessarily practical or having a powerful message. I think people are so tired of special effects, says Dmitriy.