KSENIA SCHNAIDER is an independent fashion studio based in Kiev, Ukraine. Established in 2011, it is spearheaded by emerging Ukranian fashion designer Ksenia Schnaider and prominent Russian graphic designer Anton Schnaider.
When designing their S/S 2015 collection, Ksenia and Anton were thinking about the perception of Ukraine in European and global minds. Before year 2014, Ukraine was Terra Incognita for most people around the world. During the local revolution, followed by bloody turmoil and eventually war, it became news all around the world, the image of the country became even more uncertain, and remote from reality.
Ksenia and Anton interpreted this through the use of blurred traditional Ukrainian ornaments, like the bright, black-and-red on white prints, broken pixels and glitches in their original prints. They depict distortion of country’s present and past, making their designs come alive and tell their story.
The KSENIA SCHNAIDER brand has already garnered significant industry support and featured in leading fashion publications like Vogue and Grazia in multiple countries, and worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Style Bubble. At Runway2Street, we love that they follow European sartorial traditions, esthetics of smart minimalism, ideas of pure functionality, with Slavic cultural influences. We also love the timeless, figure flattering silhouettes of their day dresses and evening floral dresses made from natural heavy silks and cotton that offer beautiful drape. One of the most amazing talents to watch out for from Ukraine.