Ingrid Kraftchenko is a British Fashion Designer. Born in Kent, England and graduated from London College of Fashion (2017). She lives and works in London. She has gained critical acclaim for her ecofuturist, political avant garde designs and for redefining modern luxury and has garnered a cult following with her latest collections “Hypnogogia” and “Reject.” She is currently part of the Centre of Fashion Enterprise.
Her work is inspired from the autobiographical, her own techno subculture and performance art. Ingrid Kraftchenko is a radical, immersive and subversive British uniform, every day articles for the anti-fashion youth exploring androgynous tailoring, political prints and discarded end of life deadstock, to revitalise and challenge modern luxury, embodying survival, security and protection. Ingrid is available for freelance work and commissions.
“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
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 has collaborated with performers such as Sevdaliza, Anna Calvi, and Victoria Sin plus more and currently works on fittings at Dazed to help fund her young brand. Ingrid has established herself as an innovative, underground Designer with a cult following, who continually pushes boundaries within the fashion industry. She presented her first catwalk show AW’19 this Fashion Week at FOLD and took the collection to Paris for her first showroom.
"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