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Nastya Nekrasova

Collection Recap // MBFW International Edition

The Krasnodar-based designer NASTYA NEKRASOVA showcased her Hand Dreams collection through a series of thought-provoking digital collages, as part of the first instalment of MBFW International Edition. 

Originally launched during MBFW Russia for Fall/Winter 2021, the creative film presentation was inspired by the cult Soviet film “ASSA”. It displays alternating fabric cutouts against a background of abstract images and vintage movie grabs featuring the 80s dissident rock icon Viktor Tsoi—a symbol for socio-political and cultural change during Soviet’s perestroika-era.

“This is a film about the origin of avant-garde culture in Russia. A film about beauty, love and violence that destroys everything creative. A story of naked freedom, where the main character was left to die on a provincial road long ago, but his magical dreams continue to be dreamt by other people—musicians, artists, enthusiasts and idealists. Simply because freedom cannot be destroyed,” she explains.

The collages create different layers and textures to great effect: huge 3D flower applications in black make up statement dresses, and a leather trench coat is dappled with scarlet dahlias. Other pieces include oversized knitted skirts and jumpers, dramatic structured shoulders and an eye-print briefcase, presented in a predominantly black, red and cream palette.

It is very much in line with the label’s ethos of Slow Fashion, using only organic and recycled materials, and an overarching vision of being able to address societal challenges through designs.

“Making people feel the emotions through clothes is an art, and at the same time a means of communication that unites people speaking different languages,” the designer says. Something NASTYA NEKRASOVA manages to a tee.

Words by CC Borjeson