Lidija Kolovrat, head designer of Kolovrat, was born in 1962 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She studied cinema and fashion at (the) Design and Technology College in Zagreb, Croatia. In 1990, she moved to Portugal where she is recognized as a prominent artist and regularly shows video art and installations in galleries and museums. Her extensive body of work includes costume design for theater, opera, contemporary dance and cinema.
In her interdisciplinary research work and involvement with design, Lidija opened Kolovrat Lab, an art space that for 15 years operated as a platform for her to develop her work in fashion, presented at Lisbon Fashion Week. Lidija has also applied her skills to teaching, workshops and master degree programs within the Lab.
In 2010, after a brief interval outside Portugal and the resulting closure of Kolovrat Lab, Lisbon saw her return and the start of KOLOVRAT79 in the beautiful neighborhood of Príncipe Real. A multi-functional space where art and design can grow exponentially in an upstairs Lab and a street-level shop. This brought the origin of the brand KOLOVRAT.