Margarita Vilcāne, who is called the queen of the Latvian stage, has always been distinguished by her radiant artistry, always stately stage bearing and intelligence. Each of her performances was once referred to as a mono-performance, in which the costume played an essential role in the artist’s image. For many years, the stage costumes have been created in cooperation with the dear friend of the artist and singer of the former Riga model house Ārija Punenova.
Asnate Smeltere, one of the creators of the Vilcāne stage costume exhibition, explains:
“In Riga this is the first idea and maybe the very first fact that one artist creates costumes for another and has been doing so for so many years and continuously successfully.”
Fashion artist Sintija Šustiņa is convinced that the creative tandem of Vilcāne and Punenova created the set design that we know today as “Margarita”: “This is a unique phenomenon in the Latvian context when this elegant, sophisticated image is created consciously.”
An exhibition of Margarita Vilcāne’s stage costumes was created in the White Hall of the Great Guild in cooperation with students and professors of environmental art, fashion art, graphics and packaging from the Latvian Academy of Arts. Though it’s not typical for the artist to dwell on her memories, the singer was touched upon seeing the long-unseen stage dresses together. “Freiberg told me – you will see – your jaw will come back! I’m in that position too!” says the singer.
Through careful research, a memorial story is added to each of the 24 costumes, as the images were once created for a specific concert program. But Vilcane is convinced:
“I can wear any of them anywhere and I won’t be old fashioned!
This is Aria! Eternal classics! [..] I am proud! It is unusually fortunate that there has been everything in my life. For this I am grateful both to my destiny and to God, my mother.”
Longtime friends of the singer spent the meeting in a place important for Margarita Vilcāne, on the stage of the former State Philharmonic, in a place important for Margarita Vilcāne. But the singer’s most popular songs were performed by Latvian pop gentlemen Intars Busulis, Normunds Rutulis, Daumants Kalniņš and, of course, maestro Raimonds Pauls.
The author of the idea for the event, Ojārs Rubenis, says about Margarita Vilcāne: “She is fantastic! She is a wonderfully cheerful, incredibly hardworking and incredibly smart woman. From which we can only learn.”