Fashion designer Olga Vilshenko making her mark

Young Russian designer Olga Vilshenko brings Russian folk-style fabrics to the London fashion scene.

 Olga Vilshenko, a young Russian fashion designer from the traditional metals engraving centre of Zlatoust, in the Ural Mountains, has made her name with traditional Russian folk-style fabrics on the London fashion scene. Now, in her first show for a home audience at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, she is trying something different by branching out from her traditional, bucolic motifs. Dominating Vilshenko’s latest collection are light, translucent fabrics, exquisite combinations of colours and elegant silhouettes that seem ready to fly away. The collection was inspired by the work of artist Filipp Malyavin – a student of the great Russian realist Ilya Repin – who often focused on traditional costume and ethnic flavours. This time, the Russian motifs were expressed in feminine silhouettes and flowing fabrics.The feminine, sensitive garments created by Vilshenko, whose art was honed at Russia’s Institute of Fashion and Art and supplemented at London’s Istituto Marangoni, have been described as drawing on “the crafty techniques and bucolic prints of her childhood to clean, luxe separates with a timeless feel,” according to Britain’s Elle magazine.Based in two cities – Moscow and London – Vilshenko’s career started in a different direction. After graduating from the Chelyabinsk Institute of Finance, she continued her education in London, where she decided to take up design. The idea of starting her own label also occurred to her in London. This idea was supported by fashion stylist Sarah Richardson, who became interested in the notion of revising the concept of Russian folk costume that underlies Vilshenko’s creations.  The Vilshenko label appeared in 2009, and her first collection was presented in the summer of 2010.  Source: The Telegraph