What is it about?

This article uses fashion to draw the common threads between Ukrainian-Jewish artist and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay and prominent interwar Parisian Romanians (Tristan Tzara, Constantin Brâncuși and Lizica Codreanu). I propose the idea of "simultaneous migrations" as a conceptual exercise linked to Delaunay's Simultaneist theories and the flourishing international community living in Paris between the two World Wars. It shows fashion’s mobility beyond and across cultural differences, identities and aesthetics through Simultaneity, focusing on her interwar Romanian connections in Paris.

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Why is it important?

In a time when cultural, ideological and identity divisions are evermore striking, this conceptual exercise using the example of Sonia Delaunay, Tristan Tzara, Constantin Brâncuși and Lizica Codreanu can offer a potential alternative blueprint to understand transnational, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary cultural negotiations between individuals, communities.


My hope is that this article is an example of how fashion and art can bridge, collate and resolve national, ethnic and cultural divides. It shows how a capital like Paris hosted a multicultural artistic and cultural community, with individuals from diverse and often clashing backgrounds, but who could find a common language through art and design. I thus conceive "simultaneous migrations" as a transnational, multi-coloured collage whose contrasts create new, original expressions.

Dr. Sonia Doris Andras
Gheorghe Sincai Institute for Social Studies and the Humanities

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This page is a summary of: Fashioning simultaneous migrations: Sonia Delaunay and inter-war Romanian connections, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, December 2022, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/csfb_00047_1.
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