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Valentin Yudashkin - FALL 2021 READY-TO-WEAR

Updated: Mar 26

Valentin Yudashkin launched his fashion label in the Soviet Union. Though materials were far less abundant than they are in present-day Russia, Yudashkin made an international name for himself with his limited resources, even catching the eye of the late Pierre Cardin. The practice of thinking beyond what’s on hand was one of themes of Yudashkin’s new fall collection, which focused on space travel, Cardin himself, and the narrative of a young woman factory worker who studies at night to become a fashion designer. As usual, Yudashkin focused on silhouettes and technique.

His supersharp blazers and double-breasted jackets were no fuss and impeccably cut. Regarding these masculine touches, he said he was thinking of his young protagonist reworking pieces from her father’s wardrobe. One cool example was a retooled white shirt that appeared to be worn in reverse with an exaggerated collar. Cardin and his space-age ’60s sensibility were the inspirations behind the collection’s trendy accessory: the balaclava. In a few instances, but especially when it was worn with a long black dress with bell sleeves, the optic white headgear evoked an otherworldly, even holy feeling.





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