‘It’s like curating a feeling and making it come to life,’ explains BA Womenswear student Darya Ego on her passion for design. Inspired by her background in fine art, she finds joy in fashion as it can ‘cross the lines of art. It is a way of studying the interconnections of the body.’ Merging her artistic vision and the culture of her home country, Russia, her final collection derives from a disciplined technique. Using her industry experience – honed at brands like Ninamounah and Marc Jacobs – Ego brings sharp tailoring to her designs, incorporating materials like deadstock leather, metal spikes and wool pinstripe into her pieces.

Her final line-up is inspired by the ‘reflection on a repressive period of my home country, drawing inspiration from political satire of pre-revolutionary Russia.’ Exploring the controversial topic of demonisation, Ego transforms her garments into creature-like creations, moulding leather on casted dinosaur heads to sit on models’ shoulders.

Fearlessly combining art, culture and technique, Ego’s plan for the future is to have her own brand that brings ‘respect and principle into a multi-disciplinary practise.’

Ella Chadwick,
BA Fashion Journalism