Design Talents on the Rise: Yaryna Zhuk and Christopher Cabalona

by The Daily Front Row

The Academy of Art University will hold its graduate show on September 8, during New York Fashion Week. Ahead of the event, The Daily is highlighting some of the unique talents presenting their MFA collections at the show.


Yaryna Zhuk (Academy of Art University)

What to expect: Swirling ruffles and detailed textiles made from eco-friendly materials.

Mystery muse: The fern flower. A symbol of eternal happiness in her home country of Ukraine.

Handcrafted Originality: Zhuk’s passion for minimal-waste and eco-friendly fabrics inspired her to construct her own textiles by combining scraps of fabric and hand sewing appliques for the collection.


Instagram: @yarynazhuk

Yaryna Zhuk’s moodboard (Academy of Art University)


Christopher Cabalona (Academy of Art University)

What to expect: Beige in color, with elongated sleeves and exaggerated silhouettes, the collection boldly takes a risk in redefining what is commonly perceived as classic male attire with pitch-perfect tailoring.

Key influences: Cabalona found inspiration in the clowns of the early 1900s.

Emotional Mastery: Cabalona’s creation process involved hours and hours of precision tailoring and included excitement as well as periods of melancholy. The results are evident in the masterful details.


Instagram: @chris_cabalona

Christopher Cabalona’s moodboard (Academy of Art University)

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