Emese Bakó is a BA and MA fashion design graduate of the University of Arts and Design in Cluj Napoca. She interned at British fashion house Giles Deacon, then she joined fast fashion company H&M in Stockholm.

She was nominated in 2014 & 2016 for Best Young designer at the Elle Style Awards, Romania. She exhibited at the 2017 IFS at London Fashion Week and currently represents Romania for the Elle International paltform, Elle Fashion Now. Her designs are often nostalgic with an ironic twist.

The garments are “a visual representation of desirable attitudes and unique delicacy”.


The lies have to travel?

“When attitudes become form”

The concept of the collection, entitled `The lies have to travel’ starts from the metamorphosis of an idea into a tangible visual image, that is form. Inspiration comes from the exhibition of the iconic curator Harald Szeeman called “When Attitudes Become Form”, where he has created the possibility for artists to choose any medium through which they could express a mood, an idea or a reaction, creating a space for interpretation for both the artist and the public. This environment gave the artists a free hand to use their dynamics of imagination to freely express their message through their art. Attitude has become the foreground, and the form became it’s direct conclusion. Chosen as a starting point, my collection is about a metamorphosis of ideas, it is about a personal attitude, a visual representation of a groomed opulence.

Art & Design University of Cluj-Napoca
Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design — Fashion Department

The University of Art and Design in Cluj is one of the most important educational institutions in visual arts from S-E of Europe. The progress of this institution is due to the international exchange of knowledge, a professional teaching staff and the support for the artistic community.

The mission of Fashion Design department is to form specialists in the creative field of fashion. The environment here is opened to the most actual developments in this field. Also, it has the multiple partnerships with the professional sector and the chances of getting a place in the market are high.