When you think of Ukrainian fashion, you probably imagine ethnic embroidery and lots of cross-stitching. You aren’t wrong – just a little out of date. But don’t fear. The Ukrainian Museum can help you get with the times! The museum is hosting a runway show of contemporary wearable art by designers from Ukraine and the US.
“Fashion, Ukrainian Style” will be held on Sunday, September 29th 2013, where fashion designers Oksana Karavanska, Katya Pshechenko, Elena Vasilevsky and will represent their respective lines. The event is presented in conjunction with the Ukrainian Museum’s current exhibition Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art, which features work of 35 contemporary artists of Ukrainian background. A key element of the exhibition is the Ukrainian heritage of each of the artists, whose symbiotic link with the rich history of Ukrainian decorative art is a major leitmotif of their works. The exhibit is on view until October 6, 2013.
A Word About the Designers
Jacket designed by Karavanska
One of the most creative designers in Ukraine today, Oksana Karavanska is known for lines that are always very modern, edgy, and unpredictable. She completed her studies in fashion design at Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts (now Lviv National Academy of Arts).
Karavanska was singled out by Pierre Cardin at the Alta Moda competition in 1996. Since then, she has been a member of the Committee of Experts of the Ukrainian Council of Fashion. She has regularly participated in the annual Ukrainian Fashion Week, as well as an unprecedented international benefit tour for Ukraine of her line in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. She created a collection of Haute Couture designs especially for the closing of the Eurovision 2005 semi-finals and for the finals. In addition to her label “Oksana Karavanska”, she also designs for “OK’ by oksanakaravanska,” “OK’ by oksanakaravanska for men,” and has created the first-ever line of Ukrainian designer perfumes. Oksana Karavanska lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.
Pshechenko’s design for Holiday Fashion Week 2011
A designer of fashion and accessories, Katya Pshechenko has a lyrical style that stems partly from her studies of choreography and the piano. She graduated from the Mykola Lysenko School of Music in Poltava, Ukraine, and from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow, after which she created her own “Katya Pshechenko” label for clothing and jewelry. Since 2008, she has shown her collection annually at the Ukrainian Fashion Week. She was invited to participate іn the prestigious Grand Défilé in Milan, Italy in 2009. In 2010, jurors from the Instituto Marangoni selected one of her designs for the collection of the L’Officiel Museum after she took part in the L’Officiel Awards: Fashion Weekend. Katya Pshechenko’s designs have been featured in such magazines as Marie Claire, Viva! Beauty, and Collezioni, among others. Ms. Pshenchenko’s designs are inspired by ethnic influences, romance and mysticism, with a unique sense of color and femininity. Her collections are full of thoughtful designs as evidenced in the hand crafted, unexpected construction that emphasizes the individuality and essence of the woman. She lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Design by Elena Vasilevsky
Ukrainian-born designer Elena Vasilevsky is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, and is based in New York City. Her designs reflect various influences throughout her life that eventually led to the creation of her own label, “Elena V”. Her artistic background ranges from performing as a classical concert pianist, to curating surrealist Russian and Ukrainian art, to fashion editing and styling for magazines, to designing costumes for the cinema and theater. Ms. Vasilevsky was a ‘Best Designer’ winner in a 2011 fashion runway show competition sponsored by Glaceau Vitaminwater®, a Coca Cola Company,to help cutting edge creative talent. Her “Elena V” collections are envisioned with the passion and creativity of an artist and conceptually designed for a woman who is confident, professional, and stylish, living a busy city lifestyle.
The runway shop will take place at The Ukrainian Museum (located on 222 East 6th St.) on Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 2:30 pm. There will be an opportunity for press to interview designers at 1:30 pm – call the Museum at 212.228.0110.
For more info on the runway show, click here.