YEREVAN / PORTO CERVO, Italy — Veronika Guzalian is an Italian-Armenian fashion designer and dancer, living between Italy and Indonesia. Born in Bergamo, Italy, to Armenian father and Italian mother, Veronica graduated from Enrico Fermi scientific lycée and studied set and costume design for the performing arts at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. She has worked with leading Italian fashion designers and for some time performed in a gesture theater group in Italy as a dancer and actress. Veronica lived for a while in India, studying Indian dances. Since spending more time in Bali, she has started studying Indonesian costumes.
Dear Veronika, you live between Italy and Indonesia. What took you to that exotic corner of our planet?
I went to Bali because I like the sensibility of the people and the art that they have in their single movement; they are very talented in manual work. I design bikinis, clothes and accessories and live between two wonderful islands: Sardinia and Indonesia. In Bali, a small world of good, simple, happy and serene people, I create my fashion, while on the beaches of the Costa Smeralda, a window on the world, with an open-air shop I sell. I personally take care of every aspect of my works: stylistic design, research, production, sales and marketing.
They say the Indonesian language is easy to learn – is this true?
Yes, it is very easy for Italians; the pronunciation in reading is exactly the same!
One-time Indonesia had Armenian community. Have you ever met any Armenians there?