[caption id="attachment_1518" align="alignleft" width="300"] Vahan Khachatryan[/caption]
Vahan Khachatryan is one of the most successful designers representing Armenia in the international fashion world. He had a good start to his career, after moving to Florence, Italy where he studied fashion design at Accademia Italiana of Florence. Being fortunate enough to study at one of the most prestigious fashion schools in Italy, he went on to work for designer fashion houses, including Dolce and Gabbana. After some time, he returned to Armenia where he started his "Couture Atelier" and designs two collections on an annual basis.
While living in Florence, Vahan found the art and beauty of the historical city rather inspiring, and the period which he spent there has had an influence on his designs and creations. His "Armenian Renaissance" collection is one example, where one can see "a bit of Italy" in some of his pieces.
[caption id="attachment_1519" align="alignleft" width="197"] One of Vahan's designs on the runway[/caption]
He takes ideas from his life around him and what he sees and hears, and puts them onto paper. Vahan says, "I just sit in my chair and use my travels and experiences to create my collections," and finds that in creating new things, it gives him the strength to continue, and takes much pleasure in his work. His design team is an essential component of his work, assisting him with his collections each year.
Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Italy, posted one of Vahn's impressive designs on her official Instagram page, which was quite a step forward for him. He feels that he still has a long road ahead of him and has many hope and dreams for his career. He is currently working on a collection which he hopes to bring to the international industry and expand his market outside the country.
He also insists that his clients should love the feel of his garments, and not only wear them because they look good. He has worked with several Armenian celebrities and considers it important for clients to "truly appreciate" his work.
His work has already been included in the Kiev Fashion Week, and who knows, perhaps we will see his designs at the Milan Fashion Week in time to come.