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The Ingrid Kraftchenko label is founded by British/Ukranian radical creative, artist, activist and fashion designer Ingrid Kraftchenko. She has gained critical acclaim for challenging modern luxury. 

Ingrid Kraftchenko's inaugural durational presentation DOLLHOUSE (The Theatre of the Domestic) MADE IN LONDON E1 & E8 / AW '24  will showcase in Dalston for London Fashion Week 17/02/24 20:30-22:30hrs. She invites you into the Architecture of her first London Atelier and store, as a celebration and confirmation of the Artist's own manifesto, beliefs and politics. 

The live-exhibition by artist and designer Ingrid Kraftchenko encompasses static installation choreography, architectural intervention, sound, and moving images. Her largest solo exhibition to date will manifest as an ever-evolving environ­ment. It invites the audience on a journey that spans her entire Atelier and adjacent spaces inside and outside the building.

Ingrid Kraftchenko is a radical collaborative studio involved in works spanning multi-disciplinary projects operating between architecture and fashion design, film, the conceptual visual and performing arts. The firm's architectural and fashion design work frequently addresses issues of bodily enclosure and shelter at scales ranging 1:1 - 1:3000. Their work has been widely exhibited in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.  
Ingrid Kraftchenko (IK), among others in the collective, have gained critical acclaim for challenging modern luxury and for their provocative predisposition towards body-politics, shelter, control and surveillance tactics, by representational modes (fashion, clothing, the "design" of consumer goods and imposed by institutions (media, museums and border control). 

“My work is a subversive utilitarian uniform exploring androgynous tailoring, reusing deadstock and focuses on the body as a site of social and political contestation, and subverting social conventions.” THE FACE 

"Previously working as a performance artist for Marina Abramović, Ingrid Kraftchenko started to design her collection by performing each of the characters she wanted to create. Titled Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (after the 1989 Pedro Almodóvar film) the collection explored gender power play, and archetypes of women... Cue the leather clad models their ensembles often with 80s power shoulders." DAZED
 
"Ingrid draws on the current climate and feelings around her. Her collection focuses on those dynamics by referencing femininity along with emotions of anger, despair, euphoria, mania and desire. TV: What inspired you to channel your political frustration into art? IK: It was a very personal project inspired by my own experiences and women around me. It reflects our political struggles in the current youth culture." TEEN VOGUE

With Design experience at Margiela, Helmut Lang, AF Vandevorst, Barbara Gongini and having worked closely with Shayne Oliver on work for Hood by Air and Helmut Lang, she launched her own label in 2019. She is currently part of the Centre of Fashion Enterprise and supported by the UKFT.  
 
Ingrid Kraftchenko (IK), is a British/Ukrainian Artist, born in Dungeness, Kent. Previously a performance artist for Marina Abramovic and trained in Architecture and Engineering, she graduated from London College of Fashion Womenswear in 2017. She gained design experience for Margiela, Helmut Lang (Shayne Oliver), AF Vandervorst and Barbara Gongini in London, Paris and Antwerp, before launching her own brand label and multidisciplinary studio in London 2020. She frequently collaborates with her brother, James Alder, Architect RIBA (James Alder Architects) amongst many other contemporary visionaries and performance artists. 
Curated by Ingrid Krafchenko
Image: © Ingrid Kraftchenko


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