reconstructed contrasts

The collections of Berlin fashion designer Sonja Litichevskaya are inspired by Russian avant-garde/constructivism and perestroika art.

These two epochs are particularly interesting because both manifested the radical change in culture - in fine arts, theatre, architecture and music.

Sonja was born in Moscow, the city, where both cultural trends had their highest manifestations.


Constructivism was the epoch of so-called  “Industrial Arts”. Ideologists of this movement inspired artists to create “consciously usable things”/ they were dreaming of harmonious person, using comfortable things and living in a comfortable city.


Based on constructivists design new types of tableware, armatures and furniture which were easy to handle were created for factory mass production.


Constructivism was the time of contemporary fashion”s birth.

Working woman had to wear comfortable dresses, trousers and overalls. Many constructivists, the most famous Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova, were designing clothes and textiles. Textile design was inspired by the new Soviet world - new symbols of the time were airplanes, tractors, sportsmen or geometric figures.


Perestroika art was also innovative in all types of art. The air of freedom and contacts with western culture, which were forbidden before, created a real breakthrough in visual arts, literature, rock music, film and fashion. 

During Perestroika many visual artists were also rock musicians.

Particularly and remarkable is the synthesis of the elements of both styles used in the collections - 80s cuts, leather, applications and prints, such as geometric figures or slogans, inspired by the textile and poster art of the 1920s and by perestroika artists. 

Typical style elements of both cultural movements are combined - constructivism and perestroika - in order to create a new, innovative style.


This is a collection for young people, who are also living in the time of radical changes - new political situations in the world, new technological and economical developments. 

Jackets have typical 80s cut, as for example metallic blue leather, applications and prints on the jackets are geometric figures, inspired by abstract paintings and posters of constructivism.


Overall reminds workers overalls of 1920 - 1930s, but it is made of high quality wool, which again corresponds with the fashion trends of the 1980s.

Prints on the outfits are inspired by textile and posters of the 1920s as well as perestroika artists.


Some of the prints motifs are symbolic - white star - symbol of the future and hope, or arrows and lightnings - symbols of rapid changes.