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 political avant garde designs and for challenging modern luxury. She is currently part of the Centre of Fashion Enterprise.
Her work is inspired from the autobiographical, her own techno subculture and performance art and focuses on the body as a site of social and political contestation, exploring youth culture identity and subverting social conventions within her work.
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. She also worked on the curation of the list (with Henry Bennett) for Vivienne Westwood x Burberry recent collaboration, showing she is an important cultural figure in this fresh subculture movement, which is reminiscent of Westwood’s early days. Ingrid has established herself as an innovative, underground Designer with a cult following, who continually pushes boundaries within the fashion industry. She will present her first catwalk show AW’19 this Fashion Week and has secured her first showroom in Paris.
"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
Ingrid Kraftchenko is an elegant subversive uniform, every day articles for the anti-fashion youth exploring androgynous tailoring. Ingrid is available for freelance work and commissions.