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A fashion show for children
A fashion show of collections of clothes for children, Ridny kray — moya krayina (My Native Land) was held at the Congress Hall on Lvivska Ploshcha in Kyiv on May 30, the International Protection of Children Day. The show was organized by the Kyiv Children Fund and the Children Studio Styl i Moda (Style and Fashion) under the patronage of Anatoly Kinakh, first vice premier of Ukraine and head of the Party of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists of Ukraine.
In preparing for the show, the Styl i Moda Studio members studied ethnic culture, traditions and history of Ukraine. In the collection Pohlyad v davnynu (A Look into the Past), the young fashion designers and young models presented their own interpretations of what the dresses of the ancient Slavic tribe of the Drevlyany could have looked like. The collection Spivuchi Karpaty (People of the Carpathians Like Singing), which combined design and colours of today with those of the past, was very colourful, inventive and imaginative. The collection was shown to the accompaniment of songs performed by the Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana who uses folk motives from the Carpathians in her songs.
The presentation of the collection Kyiv kvituchy (Kyiv in Blossoms) was enhanced by the horse chestnut blossoms with which the stage was lavishly decorated. Light dresses and waltzes played in the background evoked the beauty of Kyiv in May when it is permeated with the scent of blossoming trees and bushes.
The bright colours and patterns of the collection Ukrayina — kray kvituchy (Ukraine is a Land of Plenty) were a variation on the themes from Ukrainian folklore, and the collection Kvituchi malvy (Mallows in Blossom) evoked associations with the pastoral idyll of the Ukrainian countryside. The young models were evidently happy to be strutting about the catwalk wearing dresses in the state colours of Ukraine — yellow and blue.
The collection Poltavski Varenychky (Little Dumplings from Poltava) was an artful combination of modern design and traditional motifs. The collection Mify Polissya (Myths of the Land of Polissya) was shown to the accompaniment of a song, Lisova Mavka (The Forest Mavka; mavka is a female spirit from the Ukrainian folklore), which was performed by Iryna Revatska, a student of a boarding school-orphanage, who was given a particularly warm reception.
The collection Yuni moryaky (Young Sailors) was an emotionally charged reminder of the warm sun, gentle breeze, and the wide expanses of the sea.
In addition to the show itself, artwork created by the members of the Styl i Moda Studio — paintings, drawings and sketches and objets d’art were put on display. Mariyka Kovalevska’s creations in the Petrykivsky style were particularly attractive, and Daryna Uvarkyna’s paintings, though still evidently created by a very young person, were nevertheless quite impressive.
All the works displayed had been created with the Ukrainian traditional folk art acting as a major inspiration. The traditional motives and themes proved to be easily blended with modern ideas.
Talented children are a creative potential of Ukraine and they should be given support so that they could develop their talents. The show was crowned with a song, Ukraine, sung by Ivanna, a young girl who had received a prize at the festival Children of the Universe held within the framework of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Reported by Halyna UVARKINA
Svitlana Kolomiyets’ collection
Khrystyna Bilous’ collection Mify
Nastya Melnyk-Mankovska’s and Kateryna Rozhkova’s
Lidiya Maslachenko’s collection Kanikuly
Natalya Sapon’s collection Poltavski Varenychky
Oleksandra Dolinska’s collection Spivuchi Karpaty
Maryna Kambur’s collection Prohulyanka
Olena Sedakova’s collection Ukrayina —
Maryna Kinakh and her daughter Sofiyka.
Daryna Uvarkina, a young artist.