Art Platform of Ukrainian Designers. Part 1
This autumn Ukrainian Fashion Week known not only for professional fashion shows but also for original fashion projects, which apart from esthetical have also cultural and educational value, traditionally surprised the guests with exciting out-of-the-catwalk events. The official Schedule of the 31st Ukrainian Fashion Week started with the presentation of “Art platform of Ukrainian designers within the 15th Anniversary of Ukrainian Fashion Week”.
The Art Platform was dedicated to those Ukrainian designers who were “born” within 15 years of Ukrainian Fashion Week’s story. Within the Project Viktor Anisimov, Svetlana Bevza, Christina Bobkova, Elena Burba, designer duo Natalia Kamenskaya and Olesya Kononova, Oleksandr Kanevskiy, Ksenia Kireeva, Artem Klimchuk, Liliya Litkovskaya, Volodymyr Podolyan, Olena Przhonskaya, Serge Smolin and Andre Tan presented installations which reflect their creativity, their perception of life and their role in Fashion.
To find inspiration and concept the designers were helped by the Experts of Best Fashion Awards Tetyana Solovey, Maurizio Aschero, Olena Druzhinina, Tatiana Khmelevska, Valentyna Klymenko,Tetyana Kremen, Sergiy Myasoyedov, Kateryna Orekhova, Kateryna Osadcha, Natalia Osadcha, Dina Silina, Sonya Zabuga and Victoria Zubenko, who also shared their impressions about designers and their brands analyzing what in particular each designer has contributed to Ukrainian fashion.
We have a pleasure to dedicate several publications to this project in order to describe each installation more thoroughly.
We are starting with an installation by Viktor Anisimov, which has become truly symbolic for our Project, as the designer presented that very dress on metallic constructions, which opened the first issue of Ukrainian Fashion Week, called “Fashion Seasons” then.
“Fashion show of the debut collection by Victor Anisimov “Dresses off Hangers” opened the first Ukrainian Fashion Week in November 1997. Early models by the designer were built on engineering approach to the process of clothes creation. The designer has developed his own style creating collections based on newly constructed items-transformers. The period of experiments is over now. Pure functionality serves the design instead. Complexities have shifted to details. The designer’s clothes seem more simple and more accessible now, which in its turn reflects the irony typical for Anisimov for (9,5) brand”. Tetyana Solovey, Expert of Best Fashion Awards.
Svetlana Bevza about her installation:
"The idea of my installation is must-have white dress in the process of creation. We tried to show how many nuances can be hidden in one piece, to unveil what a scrupulous work is behind it”.
Photo: Ukrainian Fashion Channel
“BEVZA is a very deep and strong brand with its own identity and philosophy. Not everyone can dare to work within intellectual minimalism, whereas Svetlana Bevza manages to create clothes that have a complicated construction and look simple at a time. BEVZA brand has a strong team of professionals and grandiose perspectives. All features that the installation by BEVZA visually reflects – strict lines, geometry, purity, lightness, femininity and a Little White Dress concept – are in fact the main constituents of the brand’s ideology. I have faith in BEVZA fashion house. It has something brand-new and strong, powerful enough to make a real breakthrough”. Maurizio Aschero, Expert of Best Fashion Awards.
Liliya Litkovskaya about her installation:
“This time we used photos by Mykola Biriukov for our fashion project with ELLE. We think that it has its identity – it renders very typical architectural lines, colors, textures. In order to give dimensions to a fragment of this story we used silver (a silver suit) symbolizing mirror which reflects a moment in the present”.
Photo: Ukrainian Fashion Channel
“There exist such phenomena which invariably remain aftertaste. Just like Black and White Films by Fellini. Just like spaces created by Zaha Hadid. Just like the play of light and shadow in Fabien Baron installations. Color, form and proportions merge into one whole and create an ideal picture in our imagination. And our memory will flash back to this picture again and again for a long period of time. For me collections by Liliya Litkovskaya have the same energetic impact. They belong to those perfect moments which one longs to live over again and again. Thank you, Liliya!” Sonya Zabuga, Expert of Best Fashion Awards.