Lecture and Discussion: La Blouse Roumaine: Traditional Textiles, Art, and Cultural Fashion

A collaboration with Romanians of DC

Cultural diplomacy takes many shapes and forms. Romanian folk blouses are a recent and unusual example. From their origins in the ancient civilizations along the Danube River to their role in the hippie movement in the 1960s, to their popularity today among celebrities, fashion designers and other artists, they have evolved into a universal cultural icon. 

Join us in celebrating this cultural treasure at the official launch of La Blouse Roumaine Magazine with creator Andreea Tănăsescu, founder of the Universal Day of the Romanian Blouse social movement and president of IA Association. The program will include a moderated discussion on the importance of the folk costume as a source of identity and of inspiration, featuring Dorian Branea, director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York; Sonia Coman-Ernstoff, fellow at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery; and Bogdan Banu, founder of Romanians of DC (moderator). The event will also showcase a small collection of traditional Romanian folk costumes. 

A collaboration with Romanians of DC. Free, but reservations are required. Register online.