"...I have always been interested in the human fate - carrying souls as free as birds we inhabit a world entirely subjected to the shape. Fashion design is my personal choice as a possible solution to this "transcendental" dilemma. To unfold the shape, to explore it, to teach it to be free so that it reaches the moment of acquiring its own spirituality - this for me is the essence of the creative process.
In this sense, my professional development builds upon the idea of symbiosis between shape and individuality. I strive to liberalize the design and fabric, to free them from the orthodox definition of garment in order to transform them into a piece of art in itself."
Ladies' couturier Mirella's clothes are hand-made in her Sofia, Bulgaria, studio.
A trained ecologist with interests in painting, interior, and textile design, Mirella's personal experiences prompt her collections. Journeys, films, books, music, or encounters with exciting people all charge her creative batteries.
For years, Mirella has worked with hand-crafted fabrics which lend uniqueness to each creation. Believing that every item of attire should reinforce its wearer’s personality, Mirella has fashioned materials that imbue garments with individuality. Then again, this may reflect the care taken in manufacture, or the anticipation of rounding-off the person who buys them.
Natural fibres - silk, linen, cotton, hemp, viscose, and wool - are the key to the Mirella vision. Most of her fabric is local.
Mirella's custom weaves are 30 per cent silk and 70 percent linen, or all-silk (shantung, taffeta, and crepe). They are woven on special 60-year-old French silk looms. Exclusive weaving and dyeing naturally meld into unique couture.
Local craftsmen also weave quality shantung and crepe for Mirella, as well as a 30/70 viscose/linen fabric individually dyed for each collection.
For special orders or small batches, Mirella likes to select Thai silks, mostly by Jim Thompson, and quality cottons, silks, and viscose from Italy, Germany, Thailand, and Greece.
The studio's in-house knitwear (pullovers, tank tops, and cardigans) also use silk, cotton, linen, viscose, and wool in hues matching each individual collection.