irene silvagni

odavno imam želju da pišem o njoj. nekako mi se činilo (i čini) da je prevelik zalogaj. ti pritajeni tigrovi,  skriveni zmajevi nisu jednostavni za opisati… irene silvagni, ta nezavisna i slobodna žena, rođena je u kanu 1941. poreklom je ruska jevrejka, kći emigranata… između ostalog bila je i kreativni direktor yohji yamamoto-a… kaže da su bili kao brat i sestra. ali, i da nije njegov saradnik, bila bi mi zanimljiva.  pre deset dana na instagramu sam počela da pratim profil byronesquevintage, tačno od dana kada im je gost postala ona. kačila je svoje privatno-poslovne fotografije iz dve decenije duge saradnje sa yy i setih se svoje stare namere da pišem o njoj. o njenom bajkovitom letnjikovcu u okolini avignona možete da čitate ovde: mezoargues.free.fr

kao i njen prijatelj/saradnik, duhovni harizmatični brat – yohji yamamoto, ni ona ne voli savršene, dovršene stvari. godine su za nju tek broj, ali ona nema potrebe da se podmlađuje medicinskim tretmanima, niti da farba svoju kosu… ona zna da je to stvar stanja duha. i slobode tog istog duha. posebno danas kada svet tako oksidira. naravno, uvek je u crnom… uređvala je modne biblije od elle do vogue i napustila sve to kada je osetila okove. i počela da sarađuje sa onim ko je doneo svež vazduh, miris slobode u pariz. sa yamamotom. ona je neko ko otvoreno govori o dominaciji centara finansijske moći u modnoj industriji, o nedostatku etike u tom poslu, a estetika bez etike je ništa. pa, i u modi.

tog 27. aprila na instagramu @bayronesquevintage stavila je  i ovaj tekst:

bonjour, i’m irene silvagni. this week i’ll be taking over byronesque’s instagram with my personal photographs taken over two decades with my dear friend yohji yamamoto. this picture was taken during my first trip to japan with him. when yohji invited me for the first time in japan, i went to an onsen in kyoto with nathalie ours, (note from byronesque: onsens are bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs). we only wore kimonos the whole time we were there. it was my first experience in an onsen and i fell in love with japan.

the film is directed and edited by then french vogue editor and little squares founder debra scherer. interview justin westovert.

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for a long time how i had a wish to write about her. somehow it seemed (and seems) that is too big piece. those crouching tigers, hidden dragons  are not easy to describe…irene silvagni, this independent and free woman, was born in 1941, in cannes, the russian jewish origin, the daughter of immigrants… among other things, she was the creative director of yohji yamamoto… she said that they were like brother and sister. but, even she was not his associate, she would be an interesting one to me. ten days ago i started to follow the profile of byronesquevintage on instagram, exactly the same day when she become their guest there. she attached her private-business photos from two decades long cooperation with yy and i suddenly remembered my old intention to write about her. all about her fairy summer house in the vicinity of avignon you can read here: mezoargues.free.fr

as well as her friend / co-worker, spiritual & charismatic brother – yohji yamamoto, she does not like perfect, finished things. years are for her only the numbers, but she does not need to rejuvenate the medical treatments, or to colour  her hair… she knows that this thing is state of mind. and the freedom of that same spirit. especially today when the world is so oxidized. of course, she is always in black … she was editor of  fashion bible vogue and elle she left it all when she felt the chains. and she began to cooperate with that one, who brought the fresh air, the smell of freedom in paris. with yamamoto. she is someone who openly talks about the dominance of the centers of financial power in the fashion industry, about the lack of ethics in this profession, and aesthetics without ethics is nothing. and in the fashion,as well. on 27 th april she put this text to instagram:

bonjour, i’m irene silvagni. this week i’ll be taking over byronesque’s instagram with my personal photographs taken over two decades with my dear friend yohji yamamoto. this picture was taken during my first trip to japan with him. when yohji invited me for the first time in japan, i went to an onsen in kyoto with nathalie ours, (note from byronesque: onsens are bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs). we only wore kimonos the whole time we were there. it was my first experience in an onsen and i fell in love with japan.

irene silvagni

photo by alexia s, irene u svom vrtu

a ovo je insert iz razgovora koji je fotograf monika bielskyte (snimila fotografiju gore u vrtu irene silvagni)  vodila sa njom za someslashthings.com:

mb / why do you think people need to get close to death in order to start appreciating their life, all the simple things, to stop being afraid of giving of oneself? since i lost my friend, it made me realise i should not wait before showing people i really care about them, because maybe if people really knew that others cared about them, it could save them.

 is / yes but the problem is that you cannot help some people because their destiny is sort of traced. even if you don’t want to die, sometimes it is too late to stop the process of having hurt yourself. anyway, we all are going to die, that’s for sure. salvador dali made a record. he says that sometimes he invites death to come sit with him, have a drink, so he’ll know her better, so when she comes he’ll be less afraid. i have it here & i will make you listen to it in spanish because it’s really very surrealist & very true at the same time. if you got closer to the idea of death you would be less afraid to die at that certain moment of your life. life & death, i experienced both of them. when my children were born it was life & when my husband died in my arms it was death. those are the two most important moments of our lives. because those two things go beyond our will. the child is born & you cannot do anything about it & when we die, we cannot do anything about it. i believe there are no stronger moments than that in life— birth & death. the rest is just filling up your life & preparing your death. we are on this earth for a reason, so we have to try to fill it up with days that are full of things that are sometimes painful, sometimes joyful but always fulfilling because we have to try to live life the best we can. but we are all different & our concept of life is different. i am not perfect at all, i am the only one to know my own secrets & to know my defects & weaknesses, but i would like to look at myself in the mirror every night & say i did my best.”

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photo: ingmari lamy 

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