Agnieszka Osipa: Polish Costume Designer with a Unique Vision

Agnieszka Osipa is a Polish costume designer, who works mainly in theater and opera. Her artistic style has been described as ‘history from above’ or history seen from the perspective of mythic royalty. It’s about the women who saved their countries by making personal sacrifices, not patriotic heroes.

The designer moves freely between fashion and theater, fantasy and historic research, though her approach is always rooted in reality. The best example of this is a dress that she created for a photo shoot to promote Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way.” It was called Queen Elizabeth I – style tulle gown embellished with seashells and pearls, which represented an epoch of female power, courage, and sexuality.

In her conversation with BoF, Osipa said: “There are very few icons who have managed to be so relevant even 400 years after their time…I want my work to have a life of its own outside of me.”

On her social media sites, Osipa’s materials and procedures are rarely advertised. The core construction elements, beads, plastics, and metals are all reasonable guesses; however, they aren’t significant. They don’t define her work in the same way as the materials do. It goes well beyond the materials involved. Once she completes a piece and photographs it — whether it’s a small image or a big one — the impact is immediate.

Her work is powerful both physically and emotionally. From a quick view of an image, you can imagine how heavy they are.


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In 2011, she created over 60 costumes for the biggest theaters in Warsaw: among others, she worked on productions of “Romeo and Juliet,” “Antigone” and “The Elves.” The latter was a Polish version of Shakespeare’s play (directed by Wojciech Pszoniak), which aesthetic concept was based on 19th-century romanticism. Osipa envisioned elves as dreamy maidens with cold transparency and crystal eyes illuminated from inside.

Women who wear Osipa’s designs grow in stature when she creates them, adding their history to the work as a whole, making her work a true collaboration between costume, photographer, and model. The softest face grows stern, wise, and fierce. Osipa’s clothing acts as armor and uniform for her figures; they drag the wearer into her universe ready to fight.

More to discover on Agnieszka Osipa Instagram account

 

Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
Costume by Agnieszka Osipa | photo by Laura Sheridan
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