Катышевцева Анастасия (Anastasia Yurievna Katyshevtseva)
RUSSIA | 2018


Anastasia gifts the Red Dress with a Serene bird, to bring protection and positivity to the garment and project.

I choose for my embroidery the very popular in our culture subject. It's a fantastic creature - girl - bird Serene. She have the human head and bird's body. (By the way, in ancient time people in Greece believe in sirens who looks similar. But Serene differs from them)

Serene is a bird of heaven. She lives in woods. She knows the future and all secrets in the world. Her singing is so beautiful and sweet that man who have heard it can’t live any more.  

In the past people believed that portrait of Serene can protect its owner from the evil. Especially it's good for women. During more than thousand years Russian’s paint and embroider it. So I decided it will suit for project. I hope you'll like this my modest work.

Today I went to the hills as I promised. I hoped to make more beautiful photo. But it was too cold, and camera didn't want to work. It was minus 35 degrees Celsius. I stay at the foot of Titovskaya hill, an extinct volcano. In this place was primitive man's village thousands of years ago.

To contact Anastasia for commissions, please write to: dearlynx@yandex.ru


A huge thank you to all who have given their time, energy, enthusiasm, advice, experience and financial support to the Red Dress project over the years.

In addition to the institutions below, funding has been gratefully received from a number of private donations and 441 individuals around the world via 2 Crowdfunding campaigns in 2020 and 2022.

The Red Dress is one of the most power pieces of clothing I have ever seen
Angelica Colleluci, Head of Design & Productions at Ozwald Boateng
The Red Dress in its final incarnation, a magnificent, regal robe, symbolises the empowerment of women through the creation of something beautiful, something which began with bowed heads and tired fingers but also with faith and joy, an openness and willingness to be a part of something which they could not see at that time but in which they could believe had meaning and worth connecting with other women around the world
Lady Alison Myners, Chair of the Royal Academy Trust 2020
The Red Dress is in some respects similar to Mail Art, the populist artistic movement centred on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s – but on a larger scale – the journey of the work is part of its identity, process, and in fact function. A signifier of the temporal and physical nature of the process inherent in the creation of the piece. The surface of the dress layered with embroidery slowly transforming into a specific topographical map – completely particular to the work’s journey – and reflective of the burgeoning sculptural landscape of the object
Paul Black, Artlyst 2015
It’s her (Kirstie’s) red silk Dupion bodice and voluminous skirt created for the Red Dress that fully demonstrates her commitment to embroidery and the immense respect for the international community of makers
Denna Jones. Embroidery Magazine 2010
I can't remember when they embroidered that piece of silk (2018?) but I feel that something has changed since. The fact that they could embroider what they wanted and that it is appreciated has given them some strength, some confidence that I didn’t feel so strongly before. Last year, I sent them a drawing and asked them to “interpretate" it the way they wanted; again it came back with a lot of emotions, another beautiful story. Thank you for giving them this opportunity
Nicole Esselan, Founder of Kisany Africa (supporting artisans in DR CONGO and RWANDA)
This is both an extraordinary work of collective art and profound and eloquent social commentary. It is also an example of how potent the Attire language is capable of becoming
Attires Mind (Fashion Blogger) 2020
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