Valentin Yudashkin SS16
Valentin Yudashkin is Russia’s most famous fashion designer and the only Russian designer to be honored with membership in the Syndicate of High Fashion in Paris. He is also a decorated member of the Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation and a National Artist of Russia.
Yudashkin was born on 14 October 1963 in the Moscow region. As a child he loved to draw and was fascinated with clothes and design. During the Soviet era, it wasn’t a very popular interest among boys and Yudashkin risked becoming an outcast. However, he pursued his interest. After graduating from high school he enrolled in the Moscow Industrial College, majoring in clothes design and makeup.
1991 saw the creation of the Valentin Yudashkin brand and his first Haute Couture collection. It was named Fabergé and was inspired by the famous work of art. The most popular items of that collection were dresses made in the shape of an egg and decorated in the Fabergé style. He took it to the fashion week in Paris and it became an instant success, impressing even such renowned couturiers as Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabane. His Fabergé dresses traveled the world, some of them were purchased by the Louvres Dress Museum and a few other items went to the California Museum of Fashion and the New York Metropolitan Museum.
By 1997 Yudashkin had so many ideas that Haute Couture could no longer contain them and he launched the production of prêt-a-porter line. Interestingly enough, he began with a practical jeans collection, which was sold in his first boutique opened in central Moscow. Yudashkin expanded his designer talent to accessories, shoes, perfume, jewelry and even silverware.