The collection is inspired by the post-soviet era phenomenon of the lost heritage and unknown roots, which were the common issues for many people who wanted to protect themselves and their families from the regime cruelty. The unacceptable roots and connections had been carefully hidden and buried deep in silence. Personal experience inspired the designer to make her own journey to the roots. With a wish to fill the gaps in her family tree reimagining and constructing its missing parts with considering the time and the place.
One of the historical starting points comes from the soviet utopian uniformity and total denial of tradition and heritage, with praise of revolutionary ideas. To depict the ideological spirit took the new utopian body culture and the aesthetic of most significant constructivist artist who were the voice of “new world” and made their impact to soviet fashion such as Lamanova with her combination of traditional ornaments with new simple cut, Stepanova and Popova with their textile print designs and Exter with her expressive colour as constructive media. The juxtapositioning and looking through an artistic lens at soviet and traditional heritage together with the delicacy and fragility of imaginary past, and seeing them from a different perspective are the key points for the collection.
Sportswear fabrics, such as neoprene and mesh, are refreshing the traditional oversize silhouette. Light reflective stripes became a non-dimensional light guideline through the endless prints and fringed colour-waves. Hand-knitted cords and handmade wooden cubes, silicone ribbons and plastic accessories – are the contemporary reflection of traditional crafts.
The work can be interesting from the point of combining the uniform functionality with expressive and spiritual traditional elements with respect to the whole history as precious painful and beautiful experience that has to be remembered. It could make a step forward in solving a fashion self-identity problem in post-soviet Russia, which limits the enormously rich heritage to plain and obvious stereotypes.