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Brief Published: 23 Jan 2013

Spring 2013 Couture: Sergeenko’s American Dream


Russian designer and street-style darling Ulyana Sergeenko showed her spring 2013 couture collection yesterday in Paris, referencing iconic American literature and Hollywood heroines as key inspirations for the elegant aesthetic.

Classic American novels such as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Headless Horseman inspired the designer’s second couture collection for a cinematic, feminine result.

Corsetry, capes and voluminous skirts in brushed silk made for a theatrical look that paid direct homage to Sergeenko’s muse for the collection, Scarlett O’Hara – the heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. English actress Vivien Leigh, who player O’Hara in the 1939 film adaptation of the book, was particularly influential in terms of inspiration, demonstrated by the wide-brimmed sun hats tied under the chin and off-the-shoulder corsetry.

While the silhouettes were attention grabbing, the details were subtle and appealing. Hand-painted porcelain buttons, intricate lace fingerless gloves and delicate patches of crochet embroidery lifted the collection and demonstrated Sergeenko’s burgeoning sense of detail and handiwork.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week ends on January 24 2013. See Stylus’ complete coverage of last season’s couture here.

Ulyana Sergeenko