Artist: Daniela Ionescu
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
On October 25, 2016 I interviewed Daniela Ionescu. She is going to graduate this year from California State University of Long Beach with a Master’s degree in Art History. She is from Romania; she moved her to the United States seventeen years ago. In addition, her husband is from Romania; she bared a child who was born in Romania. She loves the history of Romania and wants to share its history with everyone.
In the gallery the art material that surrounded the entire room was textile. The clothes were traditional Romanian clothes. The essence of place was the clothes history. She bought the clothes online with her student loans. The clothes are worth up to $100-$1,000. In addition, these pieces are rare to find, so it’s a random search to find traditional Romanian clothes. Before she bought these clothes, she did research before buying the textile. These clothes are made out of cotton, natural silk, and hemp.
The idea for this gallery was with her two years ago. When it was finally time to prepare the gallery, she used two days in order to finish it. The blouse that was located on the left was a festive blouse that a young girl would wear. It is made out of cotton and was created during the 1950’s. The blouse’s background was covered in a creamy white, and the only design was in pink. Ionescu said that today many girls are attracted to this blouse alone. Perhaps it is because it is it was made in the 1950’s. This is the year that is closer to hippies and today’s society. Maybe this is why young girls are attracted to this one piece alone. Moreover, Ionescu truly believes that the history and origin of clothes is important than anything else. For instance, she finds it distasteful when fashion designers do not know the history of their inspiration of their fashion line and when they try to claim it their own. Ionescu finds Romanian clothes very beautiful when it comes to its history and the time and effort that it took to create that piece of clothing. The history of clothing is very important and wants to share how the Romanians created their clothes visually.
When I walked inside the gallery, I loved the clothes. My favorite one was the one that was located on the left side of the room, which was the blouse that was creamy white and had pink designs. One of my favorite colors is pink. I would where that in a heartbeat. Another thing that I noticed is that when it comes to fashion, no matter what, inspiration always drives from somewhere. In this case Romania fashion designers influence our modern fashion cloth line, which is fascinating. I loved all the clothes that were displaced in the art gallery—especially the one that was made in the 1950’s.