Victoria GRES is one of the legends of Ukrainian fashion industry. Her outfits were worn by first ladies and celebrities. 4 Dec designer unusual and brightly celebrated the 26th birthday of the Fashion house VG, staging a performance called “the secret wardrobe of Victoria”.
Znayu visited this holiday where I not only created to enjoy the surroundings, but also to communicate with the hero of the occasion.
As planned Victoria GRES space of the boutique in the center of Kiev was divided into two parts. The first is the real world of the designer-Creator with the outfits and the dressing room.
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Victoria GRES and Natalia Kholodenko
The second surreal dream world of the artist-dreamer with fairy tale characters. Here the imagination of the designer exceeded all expectations: up to the smallest detail was thought out decor, the outfits, the decoration, the lights, the treats.
The smoke and music were immersed in the magical atmosphere of the frozen Kingdom, where he lives the snow Queen, and not one! At the entrance the guests were met by waiters-elves.
Immediately you could see an animated sculpture.
Guests never ceased to Express his admiration for the talent and imagination of the Creator. This day to congratulate Victoria GRES came many celebrities, including Natalia Kholodenko, Catherine Kuchar, Alexander Stoyanov, Vyacheslav and Irina Dudenko, Alexey Sukhanov, Sergey and Tatyana Sivoho, Ivanna Slabospitskaya, Oleksiy Zalevskiy.
All photos: Andrey Petrov
During the festival we had a chance to chat with Victoria about the intricacies of her profession, and asked her opinion about the appearance of the first lady of Ukraine.
Vic, you decide 26-anniversary of the Fashion house VG original to celebrate, creating a fabulous atmosphere. This is the realm of the Snow Queen?
It is a real and unreal world. We were supposed to recreate Narnia. We all have some impossible dreams. I think when all the dreams come true – it’s awful! Must be always what we want, what we wish to slide, and we were crawling.
And you have such a dream?
Yes, I want to restore the great castle.
You have it already?
No. It’s not necessary. Maybe there is a customer. I want to make a great historical site. I work a lot with the decor. That’s probably my big love. I am a good decorator, I think.
And can you name the names of those who have have you decorated?
No. It’s not so famous people. Understand, this is a profession that is associated with the material world, and it is important, when people are given carte Blanche, I trust, appreciate my taste, my color, my vision of the world – that can offer from the point of view of the art of living.
I would like to hear your expert opinion about the appearance of Elena Zelensky. I think you’ve seen the new outfits the first lady.
I know her. We worked many years ago, but in a new status – no.
When you see the work of colleagues, you have, of course, is not the time to nitpick, and your vision. It is very difficult to criticize or not to criticize. Here we are not talking about the jacket and stitched the sleeve, but, in my understanding, yet this level is very important fit, right sewing, the right proportions, and, probably, the number of years spent in this field also plays a role. It is therefore very difficult to talk about colleagues. I can’t say that it is bad or good, I like it or not – it’s just different.
Outfit for the inauguration of Vladimir Elena Zelensky stitched Artem Klimchuk
In the US almost every day to discuss appearance Melania trump. Can you compare the Ukrainian first lady with the us?
Let’s be honest, for a Melania trump running the entire fashion industry in the U.S. – all ready for the happiness to give her outfits. Melania ex – model. It is in this profession he lived for many years. This is a very serious profession, which allows then to more than make up for a lot of things. And to disregard the American fashion industry neither can we. Ukraine on the background – not a fashionable country. This two worlds, so to compare is useless. And the fact that we have a beautiful first lady – no doubt about it!
Our last two first ladies is all a dream designers. I worked with Marina A. Poroshenko. It is still not very interested in fashion history.
And the first lady should appeal to designers?
Needs! I think that the way the first lady can be a lot to give positive and positive for the country. And my opinion is a very important point, this is one of the important messages that the first lady can give to Ukraine.
Victoria GRES stitched outfit for Marina Poroshenko. The inauguration of Petro Poroshenko, 2014
We tried to speak with the previous first lady, but we have something worked out, something there, although I am very grateful. She is gorgeous (don’t say) material for the designer, but nevertheless. I believe that we are all working towards the same goal, and for Marina anatolevny I was doing, very positive and easy. Anyway, she always trusted. Is another question – perhaps we somewhere does not match anything. We all are human, this is normal.
Dress from Victoria GRES Marina Poroshenko
Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly found himself in the curiosities because of their suits, especially pants. Vladimir Zelensky is not seen in such.
Vladimir, for example, other forms. He is an actor, and the actors fits perfectly. He knows what a costume. I always like it when there are characters on which to compose. I think a good classic in Ukraine has not yet taken root. And this is an area where you should not experiment.
One of the curiosities of clothing Poroshenko
What classics are you talking about?
About sewing, inside kitchen. That is still a good dress should be planted at the figure, it should ideally sit at any angle in any motion.
Who do you consider a style icon?
It’s Uma Thurman, Fanny Ardant, Catherine Deneuve – actress, who create style. For the second half of life goes, it is not necessary to flirt, you need to speak honestly about what it should look elegant, dignified. These characters give the support and the feeling.
Today cry about youth and beauty, of course, good, but no one has canceled, say it again, the second half of life. It is necessary to prepare, it is necessary to expect, you need to understand that it is necessary to live long and comfortably. Therefore, I am for creative and intellectual characters.
What do you say about the appearance of the British Royal family?
They have such a job – they have to look elegant. At this level it would be extremely funny if they had some punctures. It makes no sense to discuss Ukraine. Would be better if our “red carpet” dressed in dignity.
In one interview you said that the Ukrainian fashion industry is not all good due to the difficult economic situation in the country. Nothing has changed?
It’s true. As in fashion, everything can be fine, when the war in the country? My opinion – nothing. If someone says that everything is fine, then everything is fine. You understand that the fashion industry worked well, it requires a stable economy. What can we say?
The middle class, which is a consumer of designer clothes, unfortunately, are impoverished. Blatant wording. We have a very tangible profession. We need to sew, to pay all rent, salary… like it or not, material profession involves spending.
We are approaching the new year holidays. What do you recommend to wear?
I think any clothing should be fun. If something is wrong or you feel uncomfortable – don’t look for any trends, recommendations. Better than you feel, nobody feels. Or if you need to apply for a very cool stylists.
In Ukraine are now so many stylists and consultants!
Half is just rubbish, forgive me. Somehow we all have a desire to begin to engage in a creative profession, like as not need to learn anything, the information field in the Internet openly. All I think now come and do. But go and try! And to you for it paid the money and was not ashamed to following clients. It’s a profession! This is a huge cultural layer, which requires confirmation of your knowledge. Information is not knowledge. That’s the problem. And my head knowledge – it is experience learning. No one has hurt a good education.
For you who was a teacher in life? Which designer?
In Soviet times there was no word designer. Designer, Yes, designer. But the information we had. Fashion history was over 50 years. I graduated from College, pardon me, in ‘ 87. Vogue magazine was lucky, it was brought from abroad someone for a gift. It was a completely different world. There was no fashion. It was a certain category of art. But we were given the knowledge of classic art education. And now there is this: there is no figure painting, composition, color separations. People do not learn! Everyone thinks if they opened the magazine, looked at the website – everything. This is absurd! It is a profession, where learning with the basics: drawing, studying proportion, colour, materials and cut.
I know the profession from the inside. I can sew anything: coat, dress, jacket, pants. Can paint fabric to make prints. She can do hands. Now it is not.
Came to me recently, the students sketches. I ask: “who’s going to do?” They are: “should do It specially trained people”. All! This crash! Employees must clearly understand what he wants and how to do it.
So you teach?
No, people come to get a job, but I do not stay long. Say I’m evil, cruel, and require too much. We all want to come to a big salary, to do something, and do not do anything. I good haven’t encountered, to be honest.
They do not teach the practice, and some theorists, those who suffer poverty wages that are paid in our institutions. How many times have I been invited. And what can I do with it all? I would go to teach, but… back to our economic situation.
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