Igor Chapurin

Igor Chapurin is not only a famous Russian fashion designer, who was the first to show Russian haute couture fashion to the world. He is an embodiment of all the best tendencies in Russian fashion industry - modern, laconic and elegant silhouettes and patterns. He is famous for his inventions of new methods of embroidery and "Russian straw" - golden threads stranded into cloth by unique technology. Now the whole world is infatuated by Russian avant-garde, all thanks to Igor Chapurin.
Igor Chapurin was born on 21 March 1968 in a small northern town Velikiye Luki, Pskov region. His parents were famous stockinet manufactures, and Igor followed in their footsteps - in 1991 he entered the Vitebsk technological Institute, choosing "clothes designer" as his special subject. He set himself an objective to take part in the International Contest of young talents, which was held by Nina Ricci brand in Paris. After the ending of his study course in Paris, Chapurin was invited to work in a world-famous MaxMara company, but he refused that proposal.
Then, after a year from graduating the Institute, Chapurin made his dreams true, not only taking part in the Nina Ricci contest, but entering the group of ten prize winners. He soon received many proposals from beauty contests' organizers and created magnificent evening gowns for Russian participants of "Miss World", "Miss Europe", "Miss Universal", "Miss International", "Miss Eurasia and Oceania"and "Miss Russia" contests.
Igor Chapurin made his first fashion show in Russia in 1995, which was named "To Russia with Love", as the designer was more known in the West than in his homeland that time. The fashion show was held in the "Metropol" hotel. During the working on that collection Chapurin created his own unique method of embroidery, which couldn't repeated by any of his embroiderers. Chapurin had no time to hire them for work, so he had to embroider himself anights, and finally he was able to combine gold, glass beads and corals in one embroidery pattern. Besides, Chapurin shocked the Moscow by putting a pearls embroidered kokoshnik (woman's headdress in old Russia) over the head of French black-skinned model Eugénie.
In December 1995 Chapurin created uniform costumes for the "Rene Garraud" boutique shop assistants and cocktail dresses for the presentation of "Estee Lauder" company. From 1996 to 1998 Igor Chapurin had been working out the design for the first line of the Italian Fashion House "Galitzine" by a personal invitation of princess Iren Golytsina. The fashion designer himself considered that stage of his life as an important turning point in his career.
In 1997 he became a candidate for the "Russian Haute Couture Association" membership and presented his collection "Chapurin-97". In 1998 his collection "Chapurin-98" gained the "Gold Mannequin" - the highest award of the "Russian Haute Couture Association". The same year Chapurin presented the Russian fashion at the "European Ball" in Paris. In 1999 he opened his first Moscow "Chapurin Couture" boutique and continued to take part in the International fashion shows. He also gained the "Ovation" fashion award. In the beginning of the 21st century the designer turned his attention to mysteries of Russian classical theatre. He made scenic costumes for "Wit Works Woe" comedy in Oleg Menshikov's staging, as well as "Kitchen", "The Little Prince", "Good-bye, Marlen, Hello" and others. He also began to work out jewelries together with "Vasily Konovalenko Art" jewelry company. ...


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