Designer Bio: Nataliya Matkivska

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

September 8, 2015

Current Student (7th quarter), Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City.
“I always try to envision the woman who will be wearing my collection. I see this woman as modern, beautiful and confident. hope that this dream never ends, and that this is the first of many collections I will be showing at New York Fashion Week.”

Nataliya Matkivska  was born in the Ukraine but moved often because her father was in the military. Her childhood homes included Czechoslovakia and Mongolia. Nataliya’s parents believed that she was destined for a career in economics. But fueled by her experiences in many countries, she developed a passion for drawing and art.

Back in the Ukraine, Nataliya earned a degree in economics, then married and had a child. While visiting northern Italy, the shop windows caught her eye—the tissues, structure, and color—and piqued her interest in fashion. She was impressed by Italy’s elegantly dressed women and carried this passion through five more years of working with her husband in Portugal. When the family—grown to four—moved to the United States, Nataliya found herself walking through New York City. She ended up in front of The Art Institute of New York City and realized that her interest in art and fashion had led her to the school.

As she created her collection, “Line and Shapes,” Nataliya preferred to work in silence. “I surround myself with fabrics, colors, and textures. I’m most inspired by the feel of fabrics because that is the tool with which I will create my looks. As I designer I want to use those tools to breathe soul into my designs.” She also looks to the work of Coco Chanel, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Armani, Galliano, Ellie Saab, and Eileen Fisher for creative inspiration.

Nataliya says that the war in Ukraine inspires her to work harder to finish her education. She aspires to contribute to the future of the Ukraine by brining new, feminine fashion back home with her. “I love the classic style and love to improvise in the classics. And I believe that new trends in fashion [come and go] but classics will live forever.”

She adds that her education prepared her not only for New York Fashion Week, but for the demanding international fashion industry. “The Art Institute of New York City has opened up a new professional world to me. In my classes, I learned how to sew, draw, and design using software and everything in between.”

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