Do you know about Tineola, the avant-garde fashion brand founded by Victoria Filina. The young designer based in Kreuzberg passed by the YEAY studio recently. We caught up with her and chatted about how to find our own destiny.
When did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer?
Ever since I can remember I’ve been creating clothes: first for dolls as a little girl, then changing almost each piece I bought as an adult. At 12 years old, I went for six years to a fashion studio for youth where I made my first collections. Later, I decided not to continue in this direction, though everyone told me I should. Instead, I began to look for my destiny, but somehow I moved farther away from it. One day, I realized that designing is what I do all the time and that makes me really happy. So I stopped wasting my time and doing things that made me feel miserable, and I dedicated myself to my true passion.
Are you a self-taught designer or did you study fashion design?
In 2013 I founded an atelier and I began searching for my own style and technique. I could sew a little bit so I started perfecting my skills, doing internships in an architecture office, with upholstery, carpentry, and saddlery. I also took goldsmith, glass art classes and I used other possibility to collect different crafts. I became good in the techniques, and in 2015 I was ready to present unique and recognizable work.
What were your inspirations for the designs that you brought for the shoot today at the YEAY studio?
I’m inspired by materials that are pleasant to the touch and that help to define a strong, free woman.
Can you tell us the story behind one of your designs?
Well, one of my favourite pieces is the leather-feather wings-bolero that I made originally for one film. The actress found me by chance and I fell in love with my designs. She asked me to help support the character she was playing with a strong outfit. The story was about a woman who had to fight with nazi-soldiers. I felt the piece I had to make needed to be protective, symbolizing her sense of feminine power. I found this exercise very exciting and spent almost two weeks drawing, thinking and feeling my way to a result. Finally, I was satisfied with my sketch and spent three extra days more to finish the product. It has more value than just normal clothing, as it represents something of a magic amulet—and it makes any woman look and feel amazing!
How do you produce your designs?
I love to do what I do. All pieces are made in my studio in Berlin Kreuzberg. I’m working on each of them as long as it takes for them to become excellent from handling to form. I am very exacting about my designs and sell only products that I can be proud of.
What’s your best fashion memory so far?
I can’t pick out one separate moment. I taste fashion everywhere. When I’m on the street, when I’m traveling, or watching movie, these things inspire me to create something new. To bring more beauty and happiness in my life and in the world around me. To create my perfect reality is the force behind what I do.
As a designer, who would you like to dress and has anyone ‘famous’ ever worn your designs?
I’m very fascinated with the courage and craziness of Lady Gaga. I want to create one outfit for her. That is the requirement for the master that I will became one day! I hope she is waiting and not gonna die beforehand!
What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it translate into your designs?
I am very compassionate towards and attracted to animals. Looking for their horns, feathers, fur, teeth, and other discarded elements in the forest, in second-hand shops, as gifts from friends, or anywhere else allows me to collect these elements to use in my work, giving them a “beyond-the-grave” life. I also transform other things that are usually not used for wear into fashion art objects. This is what triggers my inventor spirit.
What’s coming up next for you?
I prefer not to promise anything before it’s done, but some exiting projects are in process for this year and next. I will definitely keep you informed on Facebook, Instagram and on my Web page.
Finally, where can we purchase your designs?
You are always welcome to come to my studio at Wrangelstrasse 25 in Berlin, by prearranged appointment. Other options and locations are listed on my web page under the BUY button. You can also purchase some items on YEAY. There’s a lot going on, so stay tuned for updates!
By Helene Hidalgo
Photos: Lena Kashirsky