From Bulgarian ritual, a barefoot dance to Contemporary Designs


Within the Transformations project the Slavic fashion designers were inspired by their cultural heritage.

The Spirit collection primary inspiration is the “nestinarstvo” ritual, a barefoot dance on smouldering embers, protected by UNESCO as Bulgarian intangible cultural heritage. Believed to bring health and fertility the ritual takes place on St. Constantin and St. Helen’s Day on the 3) and 4 June in southeast Bulgaria.

Another source of Bulgarian fashion designer Nikolay Bozhilov’s inspiration was the characteristic element of the Bulgarian traditional dress, so-called gaytan, decorative braiding “framing” the beauty of Bulgarian women.


Read more about the fashion designer and the Spirit collection HERE!

Design sketches

Fashion photos