Lithuanian capital holds ‘Mask Fashion Week’ amid COVID-19


Lithuania’s capital Vilnius is holding a particular sort of vogue week suited to this time of a pandemic — no catwalks; simply billboards and no fancy costumes on show; simply face masks.

Twenty-one billboards dotted across the UNESCO World Heritage metropolis characteristic images of males, ladies and youngsters sporting masks as a part of a ‘Mask Fashion Week’.

All Lithuanians are required to put on masks exterior as a preventative measure in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19.

The designs had been chosen by members of native Facebook group ‘Mask Your Fashion’, launched by designer Julija Janus to share novel designs for masks and recommendations on find out how to make them at dwelling. “A mask is a good way to display your creativity, to express yourself. And it’s a good activity to do when you are sitting at home with the kids,” stated the 50-year-old designer.

The billboards show each custom-sewn masks from scratch and surgical masks with designs painted on them, she stated. Those depicted within the pictures embrace native artists, musicians, individuals chosen randomly from the road and even the mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Simasius.

A bicyclist rides subsequent to a billboard
 
| Photo Credit: ANDRIUS SYTAS

One of the fashions is Sandra Bruzaite, 23, who goes exterior in a full costume dressed as a medieval plague physician, which features a leather-based beak believed to guard from illness.

“When this current plague started, I was wondering if anyone would try walking around in the medieval mask. Then a photographer offered me one, and that person turned out to be me,” Bruzaite informed Reuters.

“Some people like it, some don’t. Some approach me to give a compliment or take a selfie,” she added.

Lithuania shut most outlets, eating places and customer-facing companies on March 16 in a lockdown imposed to assist curb the unfold of the virus. It started easing a number of the restrictions late final month because the variety of infections fell.

The Baltic nation of two.9 million individuals has up to now reported 1,423 coronavirus instances, together with 46 deaths.

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