We had the good fortune of connecting with Dijana Fiorentino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dijana, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I love creating new and innovative fashion story boards. As a part-time creative fashion director, designer, and accessory stylist, I often do fashion research trends to create inspirational campaigns and story boards. What I love most about it, is how much history research is involved in creating campaigns and collections. I draw inspirations from creative fashion icons, musicians, artists, and illustrators.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I still consider myself as a new artist. A few months ago I found an incredibly wonderful teacher who taught me how to sew women’s clothing. I began working on my own and started coming up with new and contemporary ways to design with suede materials. I currently design and custom sew unique outerwear garments and dresses with ethnic prints, fairy tale illustrations, and embroidery.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my bestie were visiting any destination in the world I would tell her to go to Loire Valley in France, It is located just two hours from Paris, and visit the Chateau de Chambord, a castle that was built for King Francis I in the 16th century. The Chateau de Chambord is famous for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Plan to stop off and admire the architecture as you drive into the Loire Valley’s rich heritage of opulent castles and discover fantastic wine. Stop for pizza, and dessert along the way and feel inspired, and romanced by the beauty of a majestic modern day fairy land. Tours, is the name of the town between France’s Cher and Loire rivers. Once a Roman settlement, today it’s a university town and a traditional gateway for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley region and make sure you visit the cathedral Saint-Gatien.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shout out to the legendary writers, illustrators, and story tellers of fairy tales, folk tales, and the lessons they teach us. Grimms’ Fairy Tales, for example, teach young children morals and themes such as coming of Age. Nobody starts out life a hero. Religion, Transformation, Cleverness, Loyalty, Marriage, Appearances, Justice and Judgment. I would also like to do a shout out to the Fairy Tale Foundation, which is a non-profit that helps bring happiness to local American kids while raising money for local charities and area hospitals in their community! It amazes me how much we can learn about cultures from around the world by reading about character symbolism’s in fairy tales from around the world. The book that comes to mind is Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World by Anne E. Duggan Ph.D., and Donald Haase . If you get a chance, get this book in print to enjoy the unique illustrations of fairy tales from around the globe.