Vancouver Fashion Week SS24 UPDATE - Interview With Designer Tetyana Golota, ECOStylist (Vancouver, BC)

Tetyana Golota will be showing her collection on the runway at VFW FW22 on Wed., Oct. 18th at 5 p.m. TIX can be purchased HERE!

SS24 Update - 

“Love to Ukraine” SS24 runway show will have a different focus. It will feature costumes of the Dovbush Dancers from our Ukrainian Cultural Hall.  The hall is over 100 years old, and is home to the Dovbush School of Dance.  The school has an extension collection of costumes, including some that are 70 years old. 

A few of the model will be dancers from the school of dance. One in particular just returned from the Ukraine where they were helping the Ukrainian Patriot Organization. 

2022 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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