link.png Ulyana Sergeenko and Ilja, the new names of Couture.← Back


The couture calendar is set to welcome two new names to the schedule this season it was announced yesterday. Fashion houses Ulyana Sergeenko and Ilja will both be presenting their collections as guest members of Couture Week, which takes place in July, having been elected by the members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Both luxury labels have previously shown off-schedule at during Couture Week.

Ulyana Sergeenko is a Russian socialite and fashion designer. Her fashion-house is based in Moscow, however the designer has been showing off-schedule at Paris Couture Week for the past three years. The designer’s work is heavily inspired by Russia, with each collection drawing on elements from different regions of the country.

Meanwhile, Ilja Visser founded her house in Amsterdam 2009. The Dutch designer previously gained experience in New York working for Donna Karan and Maria Cornejo, before setting up her own couture line in 2005, followed by a ready-to-wear line in 2006. Tailoring is a key element running throughout Ilja’s collections.
As guest members of the schedule, Ulyana Sergeenko and Ilja will join the 14 luxury fashion houses who are awarded the coveted permanent Couture title by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, including Valentino, Dior and Alexandre Vauthier. The latter, who had previously been guest member, was granted the official Couture status in December. Both new names could therefore eventually also make it to the same select rank.