‘I Wanted to Remind Everyone That We’re All Kids, And That’s Nothing to Be Afraid of’
Daniil Kostyshin, a fourth-year student of the ‘Fashion Design’ track in the HSE Art and Design School at HSE University, presented a collection of his own design at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. His collection, ‘21’, was inspired by old family photos of his childhood during the early 2000s.
Puffer jackets, coloured overalls, striped suits, cozy pajamas and rocket appliqués — Daniil’s ensembles evoked the bright colours and memories of childhood. The majority of the looks resembled old photographs that served to immerse the viewer in childhood memories. ‘With this collection, I wanted to remind everyone that we’re all kids, and that’s nothing to be afraid of,’ says Kostyshin.
There’s not enough childish naivety, sincerity, kindness, and simplicity in the real world
A family album with touching photos of a smudged-faced boy helped Daniel create a real show, which did not go unnoticed by the professional designers, critics, and journalists present at the event. While Kostyshin’s models walked the catwalk at the show, those same family photos were projected on a large screen overhead.
The UK Daily Mailpublished a piece about the promising young designer, and he was also featured in an article about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Forbes.com.
This was Daniil Kostyshin’s first time appearing as an independent designer at such a large-scale fashion world event. Prior to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, his portfolio included shows at the HSE Art and Design School, HSE Day, Futurum Moscow-2018 at the Moscow Museum, as well as collaborative shows organized with classmates for Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia. For his show at Moscow Fashion Week, organizers awarded the novice fashion designer a grant to cover the event costs. Kostyshin spent a month sewing, filming, casting models, compiling music, and montaging the video in preparation for the event.
Many of Daniel’s friends came to the show. ‘My classmates not only gave me their support, but helped put on this show. I am from St. Petersburg, so not all my family and friends could come, but they watched it online. After the show, I was overwhelmed by calls and messages! It’s really great to see my work getting so much attention.’
But his main source of support, according to the young designer, has always been and remains his mother. It was she who sewed Daniil and his older brother’s clothes. And when she realized how keen her younger boy was on designing, she encouraged him to design ensembles himself, which she then sewed based on his sketches.
When my mom saw the show in its final form, there were a lot of emotions: goose bumps, tears, joy, and smiles
Daniel named the collection ‘21’ as a reference to the age he turned on the eve of the show. ‘I wanted to delve into my childhood while showing my coming-of-age as a designer at the same time—how my vision has changed, and the kinds of new tools I’ve come to employ,’ says the HSE student who is currently working on his final collection project for the HSE Art and Design School.
Daniil’s ‘21’ collection was both cutting-edge and light and playful. For me, Daniil is a telling example of how talent is only part of success—you need to constantly be working, developing, and improving. I am very interested to see what his capstone collection will be like. By the way, a couple of Daniil’s classmates, Inna Golubeva and Lisa Pichugina, will also be presenting collections at a major fashion event – the Fashion Futurum show in St. Petersburg. Generally, all students of our ‘Fashion Design’ track get the opportunity to participate in shows—as part of our curriculum, students design their own collections in their third year for our own Fashion Week, which is very much like a real event. They design everything themselves, from the concept to the show itself.’
Visiting Scholar, HSE Art and Design School, HSE University
The HSE Art and Design School is opening a new master’s track in Sound Art & Sound Studies as part of its Master’s programme ‘Practice of Contemporary Art’. Classes will begin in Fall 2020. The language of instruction is Russian.
Over the past year our students and graduates of the Master’s Programme ‘Fashion’ participated in a diverse array of projects. The emerging designers put on two of their own fashion shows at Rizhsky Station as part of Arts Night 2018 as well as the large festival Telling Stories, participated in exhibitions, collaborated with prominent brand names, and opened a joint showroom in the Klebozavod (Bread Factory) space.
The HSE ART AND DESIGN Festival, which was held at the Museum of Moscow, served as the final exam for students of HSE’s School of Art and Design. On the final day of the festival, undergraduate and graduate students of the ‘Fashion’ programme presented more than a hundred of pieces of their own design in a fashion show. HSE News Service covered the event.
On June 18, the HSE Art Gallery opened a new exhibition, Comrades of Light, a full-scale installation simulating the space of a Soviet apartment with barely noticeable mutations and distortions. Within this space an alternative history of the Soviet Union unfolds on a sequence of matchbox labels, some of which are copies of real labels from the 1950-80s, and some of which are the creations of project authors Alexandra Kuzetsova and Darya Dolgopolova.
From June 20 to 27, the Museum of Moscow and the HSE Art and Design School will hold the HSE ART AND DESIGN Festival 2019, a graduation show. The project authors and curators for the event are HSE Art and Design School students, graduates and lecturers.
A video created by Polina Sotnikova, a student of the ‘Design’ programme at the HSE Lyceum, is being shown as part of the interactive exhibit Gogol in Moscow, which runs until June 2. The work, created in a motion design style, is currently being shown in the museum’s exhibit hall, which attracted tens of thousands of people on Museum Night.
On May 17 and 18, the annual Telling Stories festival, organized by the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, will take place in Moscow. Festival guests will be able to attend a public talk with a Hollywood director, learn how to create their own successful micromedia, see a theater performance by HSE students and much more. Entry to all of the festival events is free.
HSE students are invited to participate in a design competition in which a series of three illustrations will be selected. Submissions will be accepted until May 22. The winning patch projects will be set in the form of stripes on adidas bomber jackets. The author of the best work will travel to the head office of adidas in Germany.
Polina Parygina, a fourth-year student at HSE University’s School of Art and Design majoring in Communication Design, is one of four illustrators selected worldwide by the famous clothes brand Fred Perry for the international Record Store Day 2019. In honour of the holiday, music stores around the world are distributing satchels bearing graphic illustrations she has designed.
From March 8th to April 7th, 2019 HSE ART GALLERY is hosting a large-scale exhibition on the topic of Women Who Change the World. This joint project by HSE ART GALLERY and LEVI`S® has given HSE Art and Design School students the opportunity to realize their ideas on this important theme.