Having watched Irina on Project Runway display her amazing creativity, and dedication to her craft, it was my extreme pleasure to shoot her collection on the runway at the Lincoln Center.
Quickly becoming the new big name in fashion,Irina Shabayeva was born in the Republic of Georgia and raised in Brooklyn New York. Irina graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2003 to pursue her creative vision. While at Parsons, she was honored with the prestigious Saga Design Award, a competition that allowed her to study fur design in Denmark. Following her graduation she went on to work for Adrienne Landau as head designer.
“For me, designing is an expression of who I am as a woman.” In fact, Irina credits her feminine instincts and her diverse heritage to her success. Her line encompasses everything from swimwear to cashmere coats. Shabayeva pulls her inspiration from art, nature, world travel and fantasy. For Irina, fashion has never been just about clothes – it’s about life styles.
Shabayeva honed her skills there creating luxurious garments for celebrity clientele, positioning her as a talent to be reckoned on the 6th season of “Project Runway.” She has been noted for her mastery of fit and proportion, her garments at once both framing and accentuating the body, creating sculptural forms with elegant lines and intricate details. Shabayeva is able to unify a diverse range of looks into a coordinated whole, uniting pieces through themes of color, texture, and silhouette. What results is a complete scope of sophisticated, edgy, and feminine easy-to-wear glamour to suit any occasion seamlessly. Focusing on building a global women’s wear brand, Shabayeva continues to evolve her aesthetic. Her new lines include jewelry and accessories to complete any look, and Shabayeva is never short on inspiration and drive for seasons to come. Look out for her work to articulate into the realms of lifestyle products and other applications in the near future.
Busy with many public appearances in celebration of her win of the 6th season of “Project Runway,” Shabayeva is relishing the opportunity to travel, a longtime source of inspiration. Otherwise, she will be applying her incredible drive and dedication into her sketchbooks and sewing machine, creating a new sense of wonder in fabric for us all to anticipate and enjoy.
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