Celebrities and Top Russian Designers bring Moscow style to the V&A During London
Fashion Week - as Part of Russian Maslenitsa Festival
- 22 February, 2000hrs - 2230hrs at the Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL
- Part of London’s Maslenitsa Festival - the largest celebration of Russian culture, art, music and food anywhere outside Russia
- Exclusive fashion show supported by Fashion TV and London Fashion Week
- Showcasing internationally-acclaimed Russian designer label Rohmir UK and designer Natasha Zinko
- VIP guest list including: Elizabeth Emmanuel; David Koma; Natalia Vodinova; Nancy dell’Ollio
- Tickets from £75 at http://bit.ly/MaslenitsaFashionShow
An exclusive fashion show of new pieces by Russia’s most in-demand designers will take place in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Raphael Gallery on 22 February - part of London’s Russian Maslenitsa Festival and London Fashion Week.
The show will showcase established and up and coming Russian design talents and labels who will be arriving in London fresh from Moscow Fashion Week including:
- Olga Roh (Rohmir UK) - descended from Russian nobility, her popular savoir-vivre designs have been worn by the likes of Liv Tyler and featured in OK Magazine.
- Natalia Kolykhalova – an ex-graduate from Central St. Martin’s College and one of Russia’s most exciting young design talents, with several catwalk shows under her belt, including Moscow Fashion Week and Volvo Fashion week.
- Alexandra Kazakova –one of the leading Moscow designers for the younger generation with her trendy, bright concepts mixed with a strong traditional Russian vibe.
- Ksenia Magel - made her name at the “Mrs Moscovia 2011” festival competition
- Maroussia Zaitseva – up-coming star of Russian design and grand-daughter of famous Vyacheslav Zaitsev.
- Natasha Zinko (Abrakadabra UK) – London-based Russian designer in demand for her popular jewellery designs.
- Masha Tsigal - Voted Woman Journal's Designer of the Year, her fun designs have been worn by many Russian celebrities, including pop duo TATU.
- Nataliya Kaut – young London-based designer hailed by Italian Vogue as "one of today’s most exciting and truly visionary new designers".
The show is set to be attended by a star-studded guest list including world-renowned fashion designers David Koma and Elizabeth Emmanuel as well as supermodel Natalia Vodinova and Arsenal mid-fielder Andrey Arshavin. Nancy dell’Ollio and jewellery designer Stephen Webster and his wife Alyssa are also expected to attend.
The show is part of London’s Maslenitsa Festival - – the biggest celebration of Russian Culture outside of the country itself, which will be marked by a special week-long programme of events across London building up to a huge celebration in Trafalgar Square on 26 February - the day of Maslenitsa itself. Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a bustling bazaar offering traditional Russian delicacies, collectables, work by contemporary Russian artists and performances from some of Russia’s most acclaimed dance, theatre, pop and jazz artists.
Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian celebration marking the end of winter and celebrating the arrival of spring.
A live video link will connect Trafalgar Square with Red Square in Moscow enabling Maslenitsa reverllers in both countires to exchange traditional greetings.
Full listings of all Maslenitsa events at: http://maslenitsa.co.uk/
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Maslenitsa Festival Fashion Show
22 February, 2000hrs - 2230hrs
Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL
Tickets from: £75
Available from: http://bit.ly/MaslenitsaFashionShow
London Maslenitsa Festival
19 – 26 February 2012
Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian celebration marking the end of winter and celebrating the arrival of spring, which normally takes place just prior to Lent.
Maslenitsa 2012 will host a range of events across London culminating in the Festival’s headline event in Trafalgar Square on 26 February.
The Maslenitsa celebration is a centuries-old Russian tradition that bids farewell to the bitter winter months and welcomes the beginning of the spring. It also marks the last feast before Lent in the Russian Orthodox calendar, when rich foodstuffs must be used up before the Lenten fast; just like Shrove Tuesday in the UK, the traditional Maslenitsa meal is a Pancake but served with a Russian twist: instead of the usual lemon and sugar, Maslenitsa pancakes, or Blinis, are traditionally served with Caviar and Vodka.
The 2012 Maslenitsa Festival will build successes of previous years. In 2011 Maslenitsa Festival was held for the first time in Trafalgar Square and over 90,000 attended. London boasts one of the largest Russian populations anywhere in the world outside of Russia, with over 160,000 Russians living in the Capital, and the city is the second most popular destination for flights from Moscow after St Petersburg.
London’s Maslenitsa Festival has been created in cooperation with the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority and The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and is supported by Moscow City Government.
The Maslenitsa festival is organized by Ensemble Productions in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mayor London, the Russian Embassy in London, the Moscow City Government, Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Russian Cultural Centre, here in London, Pushkin House, The Russian Speaking Council of Great Britain and the organisation Russians UK.
Olga Balakleets: Artistic Director
Olga Balakleets developed an interest in organising concerts while a student at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, which eventually led her to her first project – the "Dimensions Festival" at London's South Bank Centre in 1997. In early 1998 she created Ensemble Productions, which became an active initiator and promoter of international cultural projects, including London’s Maslenitsa Festival. Olga has also acted as an adviser on cultural matters to various governments and Ministries of Culture and works closely with the Mayor of London, British Parliament, Russian State Duma and Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. For her services to Russia she has been given a number of prestigious awards including a Special Medal from President Medvedev (September 2010) and an Order "For the Services to the Fatherhood" of St. Prince Dmitry Donskoi and St. Sergey Radonezhsky" (December 2010). Olga has been an Artistic Director of the British-Russian Cultural Association from 2005, from 2008 a Vice-President of the Swiss-Russian Cultural Foundation and in November 2009 was elected a member of the Russian Speaking Council of Great Britain where she was re-elected in November 2010.
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