56 | / We even joined some pieces with a gun! Those with silicone glue. Without many words, we allowed the sail to lead us. In order toensure themodelswereauthentic, wedecidedto leaveonthedresses rust, salt, storms, breezes anddisloyalty,”saysTonka. When theyaskedher tosell twodresses, she just smiled and said there was no way, because she couldn’t break the story up into pieces. She explained to the wouldbe buyer that those dresses cannot exist without one another and that only together can they recount all tempests and adventures. Elegant, eloquent, measured and quiet, Tonka’s appearance doesn’t leave the impression that she’s an adventurer. She says that she’s always tried to be a lady in all life situations, which in no way implies that she didn’t manage to deal with the tribulations of her exciting voyages. “I didn’t have enough adrenaline, so I cameupwithmyownauthentichormone, surdrenaline. A combination of surrealism in art and adrenaline in me. Well, it’s that dose of my surdrenaline that I seek in everything I do. Shehadher rstexperimentwithfashion 29 years ago, and it was in Belgrade. Out of pure boredom, she sketched the design of a dress. It was seen by Dragoljub Golubović Pižon, a famous journalist andman of style. He asked her if she’d like to arrange a fashion show for lady diplomats andambassadors of the former state. “As young and silly as I was, I said that I would, although I didn’t know anything about fashion, nor do I follow the trends today. The collection was called “Don’t Look LikeOthers”and people liked it. However, when journalists askedme to advise Yugoslav women for the upcoming Spring/Summer season, I said that, to me, everyone should wear what they want, and that was the end of my fashion advice. And then the war came and there was no more fashion.” Many years later, fashion again provoked her. She wore one of the dresses from this collection at the fashion show in Split. We asked her how it felt to wear all the memories hidden in the sail and how she now sees the sea in those dresses? “The fact that I didn’t pick up the material in a shop and then tailor these dresses, or that I didn’t borrow a sail from somebody else, but rather that it is mine, the one I looked to, which I directed, lowered, raised, removed, stitched, provides an authenticity and in the sense of this exhibition. The space of this gallery is in a basement, so my rst association was the hull of the boat. My memories don’t sti e me, don’t torment me, because everything has fallen away from themwhich can drown, disappoint, sadden, and all that remains is light, goodness and the future, during which I want these dresses to sail around the world once more.” Mnogo godina kasnije moda ju je ponovo isprovocirala. Jednu od haljina iz ove kolekcije nosila je namodnoj reviji u Splitu. Pitali smo je kakav je osećaj obući sva sećanja koja se kriju u jedru, kako sada vidi more u tim haljinama. –Činjenicadanisamuzelamaterijal udućanu, pasašilaovehaljine, ili da nisamposudila od nekoga njegovo jedro, nego da je ono moje, ono u koje sam gledala, koje samusmeravala, kratila, dizala, skidala, šila, dajenaautentičnosti i na smisluove izložbe. Prostor ove galerije je u podrumu, pami je prvaasocijacijabilopotpalublje.Mene sećanjaneguše, nemuče, jer je s njihotpalo sve ono što vasmože utopiti, razočarati, rastužiti, aostali susvetlost, dobrota i budućnost, u kojoj želim da ove haljine još jednom jedre širom sveta. They say a day at sea is like three on land Kažu da je dan na moru kao tri na kopnu Prostor ove galerije je u podrumu, pa joj je prva asocijacija bilo potpalublje The space of this gallery is in a basement, so her first association was the hull of the boat