The exhibition Fashion Talks: Fashion as Communication, which was shown for several months at the Museum for Communication, Berlin, was designed to explore — by looking at the messages conveyed by clothes — how people deal with fashion, both individually and collectively.
Ekaterina Kalinina graduated from the St.Petersburg State University, Faculty of History with a specialist diploma in Art history. Her graduation project was built around analysis of use of various elements from the dress of previous epochs in the creation of the fashionable women’s dress on the edge of 19th and 20th century.
In 2009 she graduated from Uppsala University where she was following Euroculture Erasmus Mundus programme and wrote her thesis about designer Denis Simachev and his use of Soviet retro fashion in his garments.
Simultaneously she followed Master’s level programme at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University.
Since February 2010 she is PhD-student at Södertörns Högskola (BEEGS – Baltic and East European Graduate School.
Ekaterina Kalinina’s doctoral project is aimed to analyze mechanisms of construction of contemporary Russian identity by Russian designers, who employ elements of Soviet culture, as well as the mechanisms of mediation and representation of post-Soviet nostalgia and retro culture in media in order to better understand, define and describe how construction of Russian identity evolves and what mechanisms exist in media under today’s political, historical and cultural conditions.
Articles by Ekaterina Kalinina
The fact that Moscow and St. Petersburg house in total five fashion events every season makes one think that the fashion business is considered attractive and economically sound in Russia. However, despite the growth of the Russian fashion market since the 1990s, the fashion industry is losing ground to other promising fashion hubs.