Collection «Stozhary». Body as Mannequin
Six soap busts and one full-sized sculpture from epoxy resin from the series «Carpe Diem» as mannequins for Ruslan Baginskiy's accessories collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week 2019. Paris, France, 2019.
On July 9, 2019, the Ukrainian fashion designer Ruslan Baginskiy conducted a presentation of his debut couture collection during the Paris Couture Fashion Week. Especially for this fashion event, the Crimean-Ukrainian artist Maria Kulikovska made a series of soap busts that became the mannequins for the presentation of the headgears from the «Stozhary» collection. Also the full-sized sculpture from the series «Carpe Diem», which had been created in 2017 together with Kulikovska's muse and husband – Uleg Vinnichenko, was used. The soap busts for the Baginskiy's hat collection were also made together with Uleg.
This collaboration between Maria Kulikovska and Ruslan Baginskiy became the third artist's collaboration outside the art industry – in fashion. Despite the absolutely different character of the presentation and functions of Maria Kulikovska's sculptural works, the artist continues to rethink and mark spaces with her sculptural clones. The soap busts that have been created especially for the Paris Couture Fashion Week are the results of a successful experiment of MKUV Studio with the new non-sculptural materials. Flowers as inside elements of the filling of sculptures have been used for the first time in these six busts. The end result had the desired effect. Ruslan Baginskiy saw the sculptures already during the installation of these works in Paris.
Collaboration of Ruslan Baginskiy with MKUV Studio is the important project, because the coming together of the designer's accessories and the artist's art objects – the conflict sculptures-autobiographies, sculptures-copies, performative sculptures that are transformed, deconstructed, destructed, and even are exterminated – is a specific way for the compatible dialogue, where the body as object. The body as mannequin.