terrorist fashion institute
In 2008 Yelena was triggered by the prevalence of terrorists in the news and connected it to the medieval werewolf paranoia. She was fascinated by the overlapping theme of violent outburst. In the middle ages, people were stigmatised, followed, and killed upon suspicion of being a werewolf. The same thing is happening today with terrorists, while reality is blown out of proportion! This inspired a collection of clothes that was in turn presented to the world through performances and eventually a chain of pop-up shops. The locations varied from alternative art spaces to a high profile fashion fair. Each time Yelena set up shop, she created a universe around the garments signified by a rough aesthetic.