Vancouver Fashion Week SS23 UPDATE - Interview With Designer Tetyana Golota, ECOStylist (Vancouver, BC)

Tetyana Golota will be showing her collection on the runway at VFW FW22 on Thurs., Oct. 20th at 5:50 p.m. TIX can be purchased HERE!

Oct. 23 Update - 

"Love to Ukraine" will be showcase the beauty of Ukrainian craftsmanship, freedom and traditions. All embroidery was done by my amazing mom Yaroslava. I made patterns and created the outfits. This show was created in collaboration with Carolyn Bruce Designs (jewelry), Dovbush Dancers, Olya O’She and Iaroslava Tanko. It’s truly awesome tribute to the gorgeous country and strong people of Ukraine.

Bio - 

Tetyana Golota is an ECOStylist - creating one-of-a-kind garments from recycled fabrics and thrifted treasures. She shares, "Yes, it is possible to look great wearing ECOFashion."  Golota also proudly creates and show-cases traditional garments, using traditional techniques in celebration of her birth country - the Ukraine.

Interview - 

Please share a bit about your journey to embrace fashion design as a career.

I have Master Degree in Engineering and worked in the Industry since I was 16. At age of 40 diagnosed with brain tumor, I could no longer do my carrier work and had to reinvent myself. I went back to my basics… and they were what I learned in childhood.

How did you learn your skills? 

I grew up watching grandma making beautiful things in the community since I can remember. Throughout out my life, education and work, I used all that knowledge I learned from her. I love making custom pieces that fit the body perfectly and not paying attention to “sizes,” simply creating relationships between fabric and human shape. To improve my skills, I took courses through an online Design school and Styling school.

Who are you as a designer?

I know for sure that I am very ECO conscientious. I am trying my very best to use sustainable and recycled fabrics to create garments and to give second life to materials. That’s why a more appropriate name I use in my branding is ECOStylist.

What comes easiest for you as a designer? What is hardest?

Easiest is the creative portion and visualization of end product. Hardest is executing it all to the point of that visualization.

Where do you find inspiration for new designs?

Architecture, nature, people and simply just by touching the fabric. I get so excited to find the treasure and seeing in my mind what that can become.

Readers would love to hear a little about the collection you will be showing at Vancouver Fashion Week FW/22. Can you describe it for us - aesthetic, fabrics, palette, silhouettes, inspiration, etc.?

It is called Love to Ukraine and is definitely inspired by my motherland, the strength and beauty of the country. The looks will be simply traditional patterns, designs and textures of Ukrainian garments. This is also a community effort. All my models have Ukrainian backgrounds and their pride of wearing these traditional outfits will shine through.

Do you have a favorite look in this collection?

Each look is put together to represent regions of Ukraine, but my favorite one features a blouse and one scarf because they are my grandmother’s. I helped cross stitch the blouse when I was 7 and used that scarf when played dress up as a child.

Where can readers purchase your designs?

Every single item was custom made for someone which they graciously lent for this show. Custom work can be ordered in person.

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