Slavna Martinovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1977. As a child she moved to Hong Kong with her parents where grew up and completed high school. She continued her studies at the London College of Fashion in London and after graduation in 1997 she returned to Hong Kong and started her freelance career as a stylist and a make up artist for fashion glossies and shows.
In 1998 she visited Los Angeles and charmed by the city she made it her new home.
Interested in further exploring the possibilities of fusing costume and make up she began her study of special effects make up and prosthetics at the Joe Blasco school of Make up in Hollywood.
At the time she met Theadora Van Runkle legendary costume designer (Bonnie and Clyde, Godfather II, York New York) who become her mentor. Their friendship has had a pivotal Influence in Slavna's development as a designer. Apart from their interest in costumes both women shared infatuation for fashion and art.
She has lived in Los Angeles for five years designing for films, music videos, styling for fashion magazines and collaborating with celebrities like like Chlöe Sevigny, Famke Janssen, Ryan Hurst, Dougray Scott, Daniela Amavia, Tory Spelling and also musicians : Pink, Usher, Aerosmith, A perfect circle, Deadsy, Orgy, Travis to name a few.
In 2001, she was nominated for "Best make up design in a music video" by the MVPA in Los Angeles for the music video " Fiction" directed by Nick Mathew and production designed by Mariano A Diaz for the band Orgy.
Her work has been featured in magazines like Harpers Bazaar, Flaunt, Contents, Cosmopolitan, US weekly, Marie Claire, Soma, W... She styled for events and shows like Billboard Music Awards, MTV Icons, Latin Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Piaget, US Platinum Guild, Cartier's 150 year anniversary show.
In 2003 Slavna moved to Belgrade to complete Master's degree in Multimedia Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade and spent several years studying and designing for for theater and film. She has created costumes for "Awakening from dead" by Serbian cult film director Milos Radivojevic in 2005 and "Seven and a half" directed by Miroslav Momcilovic in 2006 for which she received a Golden Mimosa for "the best costume design in a feature film" at the HN Film Festival in festival in Montenegro.
In 2008 she launched her fashion and jewelry label. The line premiered at the Berlin Fashion Week. The collection "Brave New Luxury" was featured on Vogue online, Vanity Fair online, Bunte, Another Magazine online, Teen Vogue and many other online and printed publications. The collection was also featured in the book "Backstage, Fashion Week Berlin" by teNeues publishing.
Drawing her inspiration from her Eastern European roots and mixing it with old Hollywood glamour and a twist of Hong Kong eclectics she creates a world of unique fashion fineries. Her delicate garments created in "point lace" and crochet technique can take up to 200 hours of dedicated handwork to complete. She also designs an ongoing sustainable collection of "one of a kind" garments using period hand crochet lace peaces. Her jewelry is hand crafted in the same spirit working with new and vintage crystal.
Now partly based in Frankfurt, Slavna continues designing film and theatre, working with directors, choreographers, composers and musicians.
Since 2005 she has designed costumes for an eclectic range of drama, music theatre, contemporary dance, opera and neoclassical ballet.
Some of her designs include "God of Carnage" by Jasmina Resa (Atelier 212, Belgrade) Terry Johnson's stage adaptation of "The Graduate" (Belgrade Dramatic Theater), both directed by Alisa Stojanovic, Opera Romeo and Juliet by Hektor Berlioz directed and choreographed by Guy Weiman and Roni Haver and conducted by Jesko Sirvend (Konzert Theater Bern), "L' histoire du Soldat" (Platforma Projects, Moscow) composed by Igor Strvinsky, directed and choreographed by Weizman and Haver with the text by Judith Herzberg. The piece received prestigious Russian theater award the "Golden Mask" for choreography.
Slavna Martinovic is a long term collaborator of Dutch Israeli director/choreographer duo Guy Weizman and Roni Haver. She takes a special delight designing their dynamic, visually charged performances: "60 Years" (Schauspielhaus, Cologne) , "Pinball and Grace" (Stadsschouwburg Groningen) composed by Michael Gordon performed by Slagwerk Den Haag Ansable, "Airways" (Oldenburgische Stadttheater) with music by Michael Gordon and Arvo Pärt conducted by Guido Johannes, "Mama, I'm coming home" (Gothenburg Opera House) composed by David Dramm, "Naked Lunch" (Theatre de Calliot, Paris) based on the cult novel of William Burrows adapted by Oscar Van Woensel , composed by Jannis Kyriakides with Slagwerk Den Haag Ansamble and singers from Vocaallab, "Op Art" (Ballet Moskva, Meyrhold Centar, Moscow) with music produced by Sasha Dza, "Finale Grande" (Oldenburgische Stadttheater) "Four" (Staatstheater Mainz) , "My Private Odyssey" (Staatstheater Mainz) featuring acclaimed musicians Tomoko Mukaiyama, Monica Germino and Anne La Berge with the music composed by David Dramm and Tomoko Mukaiyama, "Phobia" (Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam) composed by Hugo Morales and Pepe Garcia with Slagwerk Den Hag Ansamble, "Happiness" (International dance theater festival, Centrum Spotania Kultur, Lublin) composed by Frank Wienk and Niels Broos with Slagwerk Den Hag Ansamble, "Hofvijver Concert" (Festival Classique, Den Hag) performed by Het Residentie Orkestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein..
She has collaborated with Ballet Moskva on two neoclassical ballets "The Architecture of Sound" : Konstantin Semyonov's "Labyrinth" to music by Boris Tchaikovsky and Kirill Radeyev's "Three Poems" to music by Yury Abdokov. For choreographers Norbert Servos and Jorge Emillio Morro Taborda, Slavna designed the costumes for "HKQuintette" (Dance Lab Berlin, Dock 11), a contemporary dance piece, an homage to Herold Kreutzberg.
She has freshly completed „La Mode“ a multi disciplinary theatre piece by Dutch Japanese pianist and a director Tomoko Mukaiyama , choreographed by Dunja Jocic, composed by Jannis Kyriakides where she also had a pleasure of collaborating with acclaimed architect Toyo Ito who has created sets for the piece. „La Mode“ inaugurated Taichung Metropolitan Opera in Taiwan.
Her costume designs were featured in the exhibition " The costume at the turn of the Century 1995 - 2015" at the Bahrushin State Theatre Museum in Moscow curated by Igor Russanoff.
She lives between Frankfurt and Los Angeles and wherever her work may take her.