The opening set choreography

Pygmalion Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Published: April 27, 2014

Пигмалион // Pygmalion Fashion Show
The Underground Theater at VSUES
April 25th, 2014
200 rubles

I finally made it to the Underground Theater! The Underground is the theater at the bottom of VSUES and is where all the cultural events of significance happen. I got to see the artistic skill of fashion design and beauty of the Russian Far East. With representation from cities all over the surrounding region of Primorye Kray, this is an experience I recommend to all!

First off, I recommend you dress up. I had been walking around Vladivostok all day (and it had been unpleasantly warm), so I was wearing cargo shorts and a Nike athletic shirt when everyone else was wearing their Sunday best. I was told the cost of admission was 200 rubles, but I ended up talking with a model and she gave me a ticket for free! I was given a seat in the balcony, which was great because I took some nice pictures, though it took me awhile to figure out the ticket said “балкон”.

International Judges' Panel
International Judges’ Panel

The show is internationally attended and nearly sold out. There were also guest judges from China and Japan. Like your typical fashion show, models do individual catwalk entrances, then stand in stylistic stances while the rest of their set come out. After everyone finished their individual walks, they all make a line down the catwalk and slyly scurry off to prepare the next set. You’ll hear some excellent remixes of English pop songs while the models walk and you will see some truly beautiful pieces of fashion. I couldn’t really hear the announcers because the mastering was off (music was too loud, microphones were too soft), but there were television screens with the names and artist renders of the fashion sets. I stayed for an hour and a half and saw 56 sets; the show was stilling going strong when I left to eat.

I don’t possess a repertoire to speak about the nuances of fashion, what is “good” and what is “not,” but I can speak about what I thought were strong sets! Disclaimer: Strong sets, in my humble opinion, were sets that possessed an aesthetically pleasing theme, but enough diversity within individual fashion pieces to not commandeer over the rest; essentially, the perfect balance of unique individual pieces complementing the overarching theme set. My favorite (and what seemed like a crowd favorite based on the crowd response) was “Мои ночи прекраснее твоих дней” (My nights are more beautiful than your days). An elegant, all-black set of high fashion dresses. Check them out for yourself!

My nights are more beautiful than your days set
My nights are more beautiful than your days set
Individual shot
Individual shot
"My nights" final catwalk
“My nights” final catwalk

Other noteworthy pieces:

Double legs walking
“Most original” was what I call the armless-double-legs. Not functional whatsoever, but deserves recognition nonetheless.
Double legs
Another armless-double-legs.
The brown paper bag set
“Most creative use of materials” was the set made out of brown paper bags.
Close up of the paper bag set
Close up of the paper bag set
“Most confident” was the young boy with the crossbow; he walked without a care in the world. The rest of the models walked elegantly and slowly, deliberately emphasizing the fairytale-esque persona of their clothing, the boy simply unconcernedly sauntered out.
“Most confident” was the young boy with the crossbow; he walked without a care in the world. The rest of the models walked elegantly and slowly, deliberately emphasizing the fairytale-esque persona of their clothing, the boy simply unconcernedly sauntered out.
“Most unique presentation” was the “Cry Me a River” set with the singing Mr. Russian Justin Timberlake. I admit, he did sound like Justin Timberlake.
“Most unique presentation” was the “Cry Me a River” set with the singing Mr. Russian Justin Timberlake. I admit, he did sound like Justin Timberlake.

Other shots from the show:

Children's fashion.
Children’s fashion.
All the designers on stage.
All the designers on stage.
Foam fashion!
Foam fashion!
Catwalk example.
Catwalk example.

About the author

Ian Blair

Ian Blair hails from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he is majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Russian. He is currently enrolled in SRAS’s Far Eastern Studies Program, hosted at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES). When he isn't conjugating verbs or memorizing cases, he enjoys photographing the natural and built environment of Vladivostok and being impressed with Russian smoothies. After he returns from Russia, he looks forward to completing his undergraduate thesis and possibly applying to graduate school.

Program attended: Challenge Grants: Funding for Study Abroad

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