A la Russe
This collection is based on the image of Lara, a female character from Boris Pasternak´s Doctor Zhivago. The various patterns that make up the collection are fantasies, impressions and interpretations of Lara, rather than illustrations of the novel´s actual narrative.
The idea behind these patterns is to transform the Victorian rose motive in two different ways in order to make it look modern. The first print is a high-tech imitation of the old cross stitch technique, and the second one unites the roses with frost-covered glass.
The collection embodies the spirit of Christmas carols in pre-revolutionary Russia. Lara is seen here as a dreamy Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden of Russian fairy tales.
The warmth associated with traditional cross stitch rose patterns is united here with the cold, strict beauty of modern digital technology, and computer graphics team with old-fashioned handiwork.
Two contrasting motives are also brought together in Roses Through The Frosty Window print, where the soft and gentle flowers meet the cold and spiky beauty of frosted glass.
Designed by Maxim Bondarenko for A la Russe
Patterns: © A la Russe 2013
Photographs: © A la Russe 2013