Romanian Traditional Blouse is called “ie” and is a representative piece of Romanian folklore. The blouse was a source of inspiration for famous fashion designers worldwide such as Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent who based their collections on traditional Romanian motifs. French designer Philippe Guilet launched in 2011 a whole haute-couture collection inspired from Romanian costumes, being helped by Romanian handicraftsmen.
During 20th Century, the famous French painter, Henri Matisse, created important series of paintings which portrayed women in Romanian blouses.
Every part of the ie, from the fabric itself to the intricate embroideries on the chest and sleeves, is entirely hand-made, and the design hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.
Famous actresses and singers also wear the Romanian blouse. Among them, Hally Berry, Nicole Kidman, Adele.
Queen Marie of Romania, nephew of Queen Victoria of England and of Alexander II of Russia , who was a very beautiful and well dressed lady of her times, gave up her modern and expensive clothes once she came in Romania and chose to wear only the Romanian traditional costume.