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Pacific Style Week Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Published: May 31, 2013

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show/
Дефиле Недели Моды во Владивостоке
Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1:
П-кт. Партизанский, д.
April 15, 2013
Free and open to the public

Living there from day to day, it is often difficult to picture that the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is a happening place with lots going on – that is, until something like Pacific Style Week comes up.

Being the location of what is arguably the most well-respected school of modeling and design in the Far East, VGUES was the natural host for many of the events that comprised this fashion week, and one that particularly stood out was the дефиле (defilay; fashion show) that took place in the events hall of the Чемпион (Chempion; Champion) gym connected to the university. The very professional show (which was quite surprisingly free and open to the public) took place on a legitimate stark-white catwalk and showcase a full lineup of designers, many of whom were homegrown, a few of whom were even representatives of VGUES’s own design department, and at least one of whom was a critically recognized designer from Moscow. There was also a very wide variety of clothing types showcased, including several children’s lines and a specialized maternity collection.

The event was well-covered by the media, with coverage from all of the major local channels as well cameramen from the national stations. The portion of the hall that was not covered in stage and catwalk was not only hung with chic advertisements and decorated with fashion-forward mannequins, but was also the backdrop for a lively bazaar, as several of the designers presented some of their wares for sale. I myself was struck by the quality of the pieces displayed by one of the VGUES student designers, and purchased several (very reasonably priced) pieces myself!

All in all, the event was a banner one for the university and the city of Vladivostok at large! I had a great time, was very impressed, and actually became quite interested in the fashion scene in Vladivostok. Had I had more time in the city, I certainly would have attended more Style Week events, and when I return to Vladik (as the city is affectionately called), I will most certainly delve deeper into the fashion culture of which I just scraped the surface!


About the author

Jordan Bryant

Jordan Bryant is a recent graduate of Harvard University (Go Crimson!), who specialized in both Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Classics. In order to deepen her knowledge of the Russian language and study the culture from a perspective different than the ones she had already experienced in the "two capitals", she has journeyed to Vladivostok, which is on the other side of the country! After she returns from Russia, she hopes to matriculate into law school and work in the field of international corporate law in Eastern Europe.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar: $10,000 to Study Abroad

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