Paris Haute Couture SS15: Ulyana Sergeenko

Paris Haute Couture SS15: Ulyana Sergeenko

Soviet storytelling

With no loud runway production around Ulyana Sergeenko’s new Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 collection, the Russian designer presented a beautiful lineup inspired by the Soviet art from Sergei Parajanov and poems from Russian romantic Mikhail Lermontov

Bold shapes, exaggerated volumes, botanical prints and embroideries combined to form Ulyana Sergeenko's latest Haute Couture collection...

Looking at the artistic world of Sergei Parajanov, a pioneering Soviet film director and artist who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema, as well as the Russian Romanticism found in Mikhail Lermontov's poems, Sergeenko's looks were delicate yet daring as she infused pretty motifs with strong silhouettes.

Using Parajanov's upbringing and controversial career as a starting point, each piece in the collection featured something from the artist's past, whether it was designs found in his art or people found in his stories – but with a modern-day twist. British milliner Stephen Jones also designed unique headpieces for the collection. 

"Everyone knows that I have three Motherlands. I was born in Georgia, worked in Ukraine and I'm going to die in Armenia." Sergei Parajanov said in 1988, words that flowed gently through Sergeenko's lineup of regal shapes and opulent decorations. 


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