Fashion show set May 5

BIG ROCK — Collections by Russian/American designer Irina Christensen will be modeled at the Couture Creations Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Esther’s Place, 201 Route 30, in Big Rock.

This artist has made her home in the United States for the past 13 years. Growing up in northern Russia, she became fascinated with sewing and design at the age of 6 when she received a small sewing machine from her mother. She lived much of her adult life in Germany and Moscow, where she received her master’s degree in teaching, was a concert pianist, and went on to become a fashion designer. Working in other fields since coming to the States, she is presenting her designer lines for the first time in America.

Irina’s creations are exclusive pieces of artwork, constructed in the couture fashion. A discerning designer, she gives great attention to details, often making her own lace, intricate embellishments, and even creating her own fabrics if needed.

“I want my designs to enhance a woman’s look. I want her to be and feel beautiful. It is thrilling to design with that one particular person in mind, and then, to see that person light up as she slips into the dress that portrays a facet of herself,” Christensen said.

“I like to think that each person’s own personality is woven into the design so that the creation is distinctly and uniquely her own, her tapestry.”

Christensen introduced her first fashion line for musician Ashley Lewis. On their first meeting, she said, “Ashley’s music and style inspired me so much. Her music has so much passion; it just made my mind overflow with ideas.”

Lewis had been searching for distinctive stage outfits as well as special occasion and everyday wear that would uniquely portray her personality.

Unable to find the style she was looking for at stores, she met Christensen, and the Inspirations by Ashley collection was established.

“Irina is incredible. She takes my dreams and turns them into reality. Her designs are so unique, and I love that,” Lewis said.

“She has the ability to capture the inner essence of every woman.”

Christensen’s other collections include a European line, and her most recent line for spring is Lilac Lane.

Selections from all lines will be modeled by anchorwoman, TV producer and host Barb Nadeau and Lewis. Along with Christensen’s creations, hand-dyed silk scarves by Natasha of Esther’s Place will be displayed.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at Esther’s Place or by calling 815-786-9313.

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