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“Women’s Decameron” is a joint project of European psychologists and “So!Art”. It is a competition in writing an essay on the topic “My discovery”. All women of Russian diaspora living in Europe and wishing to tell their stories and share their own stories from personal or professional spheres about troubling issues of a female essence and adaptation to life abroad are invited to take part in it. Essays in a free form are accepted. Artistic narration is not obligatory. All essays will be given comments by professional psychologists, while the most exciting ones will be published on our website and a film about the participants will be shot. The winners are expected to be awarded with prizes and gifts (one of which is a professional photosession).


So!Art has initiated a series of photosessions within the framework of the project “Women’s Decameron”. Now it is not only literary but visual-retrospective. All participants and those interested in history of the European fashion and suit can take part in “Woman’s Decameron” regardless of age, profession and lifestyle!

Are you willing to try yourself in epistolary genre? Are you looking forward to an opportunity to be transformed into one of your favourite images “at gunpoint” of a camera? Here you will find a few snapshots from the photosession “Transformation: 20s!”

The project “Women’s Decameron of 20s” represents the epoch when brand new trends of a women’s fashion appeared in European and Russian societies. As a matter of fact, secular lioness of that time attended diverse cultural activities and routs. Traditions of literary and musical salons which were highly popular in a romantic XIX century gradually mixed with daring trends of the XX century both in literature (futurism, later existentialism) and in fashion.

In spite of the beginning of an industrial production, classical and natural fabrics in women’s fashion remained irreplaceable for long, such as gold-cloth, silk, popular then oriental fabric, and guipure. Romantic salons quickly turned into ideological, closer to feminist ones. Women more and more often added elements of male clothes in their own clothing. Nevertheless, dresses, skirts and evening gowns resisted the attack of shirts and trousers for long, let alone bijou: women went on wrapping around the neck several times while the lower tier had to reach nearly as far as hips.




So!Art managed to reconstruct the atmosphere of the 20s thanks to the photographer Nadia Jakobs.