On this International Women’s Day I feel like sharing a personal story.
Today is certainly a day of celebration, but honoring women and their great impact and influence on my past and present it’s really a daily practice for me.
Growing up in Italy, I was surrounded by a diversity of strong female personalities. My grandmother and some of my aunts had no trouble speaking their minds against the old fashion Italian males. My mother, on the contrary was quite a submissive and gentle soul. She took more then I could have born and to this day, the reason is still a mystery to me.
So I guess that’s why my instinct drew me to idolize female characters from movies and books with vivacious and fearless personalities. As a young girl I would have been happy to trade places with Pippi Longstockings, the indomitable independent kid that lived with a horse, a monkey and a constant smile on her face. In my teenage years, I was inspired by the unconventional Jo from Alcott’s Little Women, and actress Katharine Hepburn and the defiant tempered women she portrayed in her movies and ultimately, she became my inspiration behind my first Annaborgia designs.
These figures surely influenced my free spirited personality today. Or perhaps I am trying to be the person my mom would have wanted to be but didn’t or couldn’t reach out to be. She died too young for me to find out.
My mother never had a chance to see me flourish as an artist, first as a photographer, now as an emerging designer… she departed this world when I was just 21. There will always be this wonder, this missing piece in my life. What would she think of the woman I have become?
My way of honoring her in my journey today, is by giving my brand her sweet name: Anna. For all those dresses she sew for me and my sister, pampering us like precious dolls. I can’t help but wonder where her talent would have taken her if only she had the chance.
You used to tell me you would have liked to travel sweet Anna… By now, I hope your spirit has visited all those places you’d dreamt of, and once in a while, you’ve come to rest on my shoulder patting it gently with pride.
Cover Photo by Volkan Olmez