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Igor Chapurin - Pg. 245

I Igor Chapurin A witness to the Soviet change, Igor Chapurin belongs to a new generation of Russian designers searching for an identity of their own in the fashion universe, and there is little doubt that their search is proving fruitful. Born near the Estonian border, he is one of the most celebrated Russian designers work- ing today. He garnered attention fashioning dresses for the Miss Europe, Miss World and Miss Universe pageants and, thanks to the international reach of these contests, gradually accumulated a prestige that resulted in his being the first Russian fashion designer to have a show in a Paris. His stellar year was 1998, when his haute couture collection won the Golden Mannequin Prize awarded by the Russian Association of Haute Couture and he was also awarded the Style Prize given by Harper's Bazaar magazine. Alongside his fashion career, he has been involved in a variety of activities that have only served to enrich his brilliant trajectory as a designer. These projects include producing the wardrobe for the production of Madam Lioneli in London's Royal Albert Hall, the creation of the line of products for the Chapurincasa firm in 2003, and the children's line Chapurin Child in 2005. Additionally, he was responsible for designing the set and scenic wardrobe of the Bolshoi Theatre for works of classical dance by such composers as Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, an honor given only to an elite few. The spectacle of Russian fashion has only just begun, and the world is anxious to witness it. Photography courtesy of Igor Chapurin 245 Igor Chapurin