Fashioning a Future in the Face of War

A year after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, four figures from the Kyiv fashion scene reflect on a year of personal and professional survival.

It has been 12 months since Russia began a brutal invasion of Ukraine, forcing millions to flee the country and devastating the local economy, including the budding Kyiv fashion scene.

The war is the reason that Ukraine Fashion Week came to London this season, with three designers — Ivan Frolov, Ksenia Schnaider and Julie Paskal — presenting new fall collections on Feb. 21, the final day of shows at London Fashion Week.

All of Ukraine’s fashion brand founders have faced numerous difficulties: deciding whether to leave their

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