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For the GIRLS FROM OMSK spring/summer 2009 collection 'GIRLS FROM OMSK go to Austin/Tashkent', we designed a t-shirt with the portrait of an iconic Russian rock musician: Viktor Tzoy, singer of the band Kino.
Tzoy was immensly popular in the Soviet Union of the 80s and he died in an unfortunate car accident in 1990. I sencerely love his music and his lyrics. Here is a video of one of Valeria's favourite songs 'Blood Type'.
Viktor Tzoy tribute wall in Moscow
Besides becoming 1 of our bestselling t-shirts which gave us a following amongst Russian fashion lovers, Viktor Tzoy proved to be the first print of a series of what we now call 'OMSK ICON'. The 'OMSK ICON' is a tribute we pay to a major figure of the Russian culture in every collection through a print or another visual technique.
For fall/winter 2008-2009 we chose the singer, song writer and actor Vladimir Vissotzky (1938-1980). Although not officially recognised by the Soviet Union authorities as a singer and song writer due to the nature of his lyrics, Vissotzy was very loved and appreciated by the Soviet public. His sudden death, caused by a heart attack at the age of 42, assembled 200.000 fans who came to pay their tribute at his funeral.
Here is a song in a narrative style Vladimir Vissotzky did zo well:
GIRLS FROM OMSK's spring/summer 2011 ICON was the emblematic poet, playwriter and futurist Vladimir Mayakowsky (1893-1930).
Here is an interesting extract by Mayakovski from 1922 about his Futurist group:
Prior to the October Revolution, Futurism -as a unified, exactly formulated trend- did not exist in Russia.
Critics christened everything that was revolutionary and new with his name.
Mayakovski held together a group of Futurists which was busy putting into practice a new approach to poetry and prose.
The only manifesto of this group was the introduction to the anthology 'A Slap in the Face of Public Taste', published in 1913. It was a poetic manifesto, expressing the goals of Futurism in emotional slogans.
The October Revolution marked a departure of the group from the numerous Futuro-imagists who had moved away from revolutionary Russia. It turned the group into 'Communist-Futurists', with these literary tasks:
1. To establish the literary art as a tradecraft in words. Not as an aesthetic stylization, but as the ability to solve in words any problem.
2. To respond to any task set by the present day:
a) To undertake work on vocabulary (new word formations, sound instrumentation, etc.)
b) To replace the conventional metrics of iambs and trochees with the polyrhythms of language itself.
c) To revolutionize syntax (simplification of the forms of word combinations, the shock of unusual word usage, etc.)
d) To renew the semantics of words and word combinations.
e) To create models of intriguing subject formations.
f) To reveal the ability of the word acting as poster.
The solution of the above literary problems has the aim of satisfying needs in the most diverse spheres of literary creation (the form, article, telegram, poem, feuilleton, billboard, call to action, advertisement and others).
Concerning the question of prose:
1. There is no genuinely Futuristic prose: there are individual attempts by Khlebnikov, by Kamensky, Kushner's Meeting of Palaces. But these attempts are less significant than the poetry of these same authors. This is explained by the fact that:
a) Futurists make no distinction between the different genres of poetry and view all of literature as a unified literary art.
b) Before the Futurists, it was assumed that lyric poetry had its own circle of themes, its own look, different from the themes and language of so-called artistic prose. For Futurists, this distinction does not exist.
c) Before the Futurists it was assumed that poetry had 1 set of tasks (poetic) and practical speech another set (unpoetic). For Futurists, composing the call for a struggle against typhoid and love poetry are merely different sides of the same literary.
Next time we will tell you about the ICONS we chose for our OMSK collections.
Happy Easter & lots of love,
Valeria & Philippe