Posted on October 17, 2018

The fashion show by Tatyana Parfionova, retrospective exhibition by Vika Gazinskaya and installation by Krestetskaya Strochka were presented at the “Russian Seasons” event at Doha Fire Station as part of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018. The works of internationally-acclaimed Russian designers were showcased to a VIP audience in the presence of HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah.

For the fashion show, guests had an opportunity to see an exclusive demi-couture collection by Tatyana Parfionova, which has been created for the event. Especially for this occasion Alfardan jewellery provided unique natural pearls pieces from the private collection of Mr. Hussein Ibrahim Alfardan, Chairman of Alfardan Group, both from the historical troves and high-end collections. Furthermore, the retrospective exhibition by Vika Gazinskaya opened on that night in the Gallery Space of Doha Fire Station. The installation with the rare samples of the Russian authentic folk craft – Krestetskaya Strochka – was also presented on the venue. This unique traditional production from the town of Velikiy Novgorod brought an embroidery master who showed how this beautiful traditional embroidery was being delicately created.

Vika Gazinskaya’s exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, at Doha Fire Station from October 16th until October 23rd. Tatyana Parfionova’s collection was on show on October 17th in the pop-up Showroom at W Doha Hotel. 2018 has been announced as a Year of Culture between Qatar and Russia, a year-long programme developed by Qatar Museums to deepen understanding between the two nations through mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport. Multiple cross-cultural collaborations, educational and charity events took place in both countries during this year.

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Most recently, guests in Moscow where able to enjoy “Qatari Seasons”. This event celebrated contemporary fashion design from Qatar and presented three Qatari brands in Russia for the first time. Noudar jewellery installation, Waad abaya presentation and Wadha demi-couture fashion show took place at the Multimedia Art Museum. The following day the designers presented their work at Russia’s leading department store – TSUM. Frol Burimsky, Project Curator, said: “Last week we organized the very first Qatari designers fashion event in Moscow, called “Qatari Seasons” and yesterday we presented “Russian Seasons” in Doha. It is a big honor to curate both of these projects as a part of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018. We are delighted to display the works of two incredible designers in the modern space of Doha Fire Station, which is equally as exquisite, original and recognizable as the garments on show.

Vika Gazinskaya’s collections can be found in the influential concept stores of Tokyo, New York and Seoul, while the works of Tatiana Parfionova have gained global recognition and are already a part of modern history, as some of the designer’s gowns are in the collections of museums like the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Artisanship and tradition formed Russian fashion historically. By showcasing the craftmanship of Krestetskaya Strochka and several historical pieces from this production’s museum, we celebrated artistry of Russian crafts. This particular embroidery technique formed in the village of Krestsy and its surroundings in the XIXth century.”

Tatyana Parfionova is a well-known Russian fashion designer; her brand is presented in TSUM department store in Moscow. In 1995 Tatyana established her own Fashion House, which became one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, and now it is seen as a platform for her various artistic initiatives. Tatyana Parfionova’s personal impressions and preferences are reflected in her collections and works of art - a great love for nature with a large variety of colours, flora and fauna, which are depicted on the dresses, paintings, interior design items and other pieces. Interpretation of the traditional national costumes is also reflected in the collections of the Tatyana Parfionova Fashion House.

She chooses to work with dress as a perfect base for couture technological experiments. Her new collection is called “Blooming” and consists of beautiful floral embroideries and laces decorated with blighting spangle. Artistic influence and love for nature formed a distinctive style of the designer. Her garments are in the collections of the Hermitage and the State Russian museum. She regularly collaborates with film industry and theatres, creating costumes for movies and stage performances.

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Vika Gazinskaya is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer, street-style icon and one of the trendsetters in Russia. Vika is well-known for voluminous structured designs, whimsical bright patterns, hand-stitched details and use of luxurious materials, sourced from suppliers in Italy and France. Her designs can be seen on the most influential celebrities from around the world, including Leandra Medine, Veronika Heilbrunner, Natasha Goldenberg, Elle Fanning, Giovanna Battaglia and many others.

The retrospective exhibition of Vika Gazinskaya was previously held in Moscow’s TSUM department store in 2017. She showcased the brand’s most complex and iconic pieces and reconceptualized archive items from the previous collections: fluffy dresses, dresses of an architectural cut, silk evening dresses and sweatshirts with magnet brooches and dresses with flamingo prints. Guests also had a unique opportunity to see rare samples of an authentic folk craft –Krestetskaya Strochka – a material manifestation of the spiritual culture of the Russian people, which has been representing the Novgorodian land since 1860th.

For more than a hundred years, the masterly craftsmanship of this delicate embroidery has been passed down the generations, carefully maintaining its traditions while also looking for new methods. Several years ago, the old manufacture in Velikiy Novgorod which was known for producing famous embroidery, was revived. New owners also made a reconstruction of Krestetskaya Strochka museum which collects examples of pre-revolutionary and Soviet works from many regions which «Russian Seasons» guests had a chance to see during the event in Doha.

We would like to thank the W Doha Hotel for helping in the event preparation.