Annie Mitova is an American internationally published entirely self taught visual artist who specializes in both fine art portraiture, and in designing and creating wearable art. She was born in 1978, in Bulgaria. Shortly after she graduated with a degree in business management and marketing, Annie moved to Dubai where she lived and worked for 10 years. In 2009, she decided to end her career as a Sales Manager for Marriott International, in order to be able to spend more time with her son. Annie moved to the United States in the beginning of 2011.
After a family tragedy in 2013, she decided to go back to work, but this time as a photographer. In October of the same year, and just a few months after the birth of her daughter, Annie started a unique personal art project, called: “Fairytales From The Enchanted Kingdom”.
Initially the project seemed like a crazy and impossible idea: Annie wanted to create a series of beautiful and meaningful stories with her portraits, but she had no experience, no mentors, no professional equipment, no budget, no sponsors or investors, no support, no experienced models, and all of her models were children, ages 2-12. There were no makeup artists, no hairstylists and no assistants, on any of her shoots. She did the work of the photographer, and the work of an entire styling, and a production team, all by herself.
While working on the project she also planned, organized, researched, designed, photographed, post processed, fully styled, made wearable art pieces, as well as built props and full studio sets (including entire castle rooms), again, all by herself, while also doing very limited commissioned work only in order to be able to continue to finance her project.
Mitova’s early work quickly drew attention and she became a featured artist with several pages of opening spreads in some of the biggest photography magazines in the world.
Inspired by Annie’s personal story and dedicated to her family, “Fairytales From The Enchanted Kingdom” is a unique one of a kind non-commissioned personal art project, which took seven full years, to complete.
It is like no other art project ever created before, as it includes both fine art portraiture collection and a unique children’s wearable art collection.
The fine art portraiture collection includes over a thousand incredible fine art portraits of children, hundreds of which have been released on social media. Each one of these portraits tells a story. One of the most popular portrait series from the project is titled: “Her Majesty, The Queen”. The project also features various themes from different series, including: “Fire & Ice”, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Butterflies & Goddesses”, “The Black Hummingbird”, “The Queen of Outlaws”, “Heart of Gold”, “Portrait of A Muse”, “All The World Is A Stage”, “Samodiva”, “Gypsy Heart”, “Of Fairies And Witches”, “The Age Of Innocence”, “Mermaids And Tears”, “The Saddest Girl In The World”, “The Story Teller”, “The Most Beautiful Heart”, “First Love”, “Stronger”, “Tribal Dance”, “Dead Roses”, “Once Upon A Time”, “About A Girl”, as well as the “Untitled” series, which feature some of Mitova’s best early work.
The wearable art collection featured in the project is the first and the only one of its kind children’s wearable art collection in the history of both fashion, and art.
What makes it truly unique is the fact that no artisans, no seamstresses, no dressmakers, no assistants, or any other kind of (either volunteer or paid) outsourced help were ever involved in the production of each wearable art piece from the collection.
Every garment, without any exceptions, was designed, cut, constructed, and entirely handmade, in the United States, personally by Annie Mitova.
Due to the high cost of some of the used materials and the time-consuming, hand-executed techniques required in the production process of some of the pieces, most of the designs in the “Fairytales From The Enchanted Kingdom” collection were photographed later than 2013. Some of the fine art portraits were intentionally released months and even years after the portrait was taken.
Besides the traditional use of fabric, the artist also used various non traditional ways of creating her wearable art designs and worked with both real and artificial flowers, feathers, dried plants, synthetic hair, yarn, metal, wood, fabric dye, paint, sea shells, paper, plastic and jewelry.
Annie Mitova is the first, and the only, entirely self taught artist, who has ever worked in some of the hardest circumstances possible and accomplished so much, with little or with no budget, without any team, without any formal art or fashion education or experience, against all odds and despite so many obstacles and challenges, in such a short period of time. She is also the first, and the only, entirely self artist who constantly does multiple different themes on each one of her shoots, without any assistance from a team or a crew. During the final year of her project, she averaged 27 different themes at a shoot with a model age 13, and 16 different themes at a shoot with a model age 8.
Her unmatched achievements, her unique signature style, and her extraordinary work, forever mark a new chapter in the history of photography, the history of fashion, and the history of art.
Upon the completion of the project in 2020, the artist decided to launch her own label: Annie Mitova, and in the beginning of 2022 she opened her first online store.
Currently Annie spends most of her time designing and creating wearable art, couture, and luxury costumes. Each garment and each headpiece and accessory is handmade personally by the artist, in the United States, the designs are not mass produced or available in any large retail stores.
Mitova remains true to her signature style and to her early work aesthetic, as she continues to show a strong contrast in the variety of her work both as a visual artist as well as a designer, both of which are combined in a beautiful blend of her soul, creativity and genuine love for art.
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