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My name is Svetlana Morbini, I was born in 1989 in Novosibirsk/ Russia and I currently live in London/ UK. I am passionate and motivated designer with 7 years of multicultural experience in textiles and costumes, known for my eclectic style and unique sources of inspiration.
I fell in love with performing arts, when I was 5 years old after being taken to see «The Jungle Book» play at Globus Theater, as a part of an art class assignment. My illustration of the play was so successful, it was published in a local journal. At that age, seeing my work in a journal, impressed me so much and made me realize, that performing arts go beyond being on stage.
In 1998 I started to attend teen fashion school and became involved in all sorts of stage performances, like dancing, singing and teen fashion shows, not only as a performer, but also assisting my colleagues backstage, helping with costumes and make up.
In 2007, when the time came to choose a university, I didn’t find any BA courses related to costumes or fashion. The most creative profession I could follow in industrial Siberian city was being an architect. Calculations and black and white technical drawings didn’t impress me much, so I decided to follow my other passion – history and foreign cultures, entering International Relations course in NSUEM, transferring 4 years later to Social Service course.
Although I had started to pursue a carrier different from performing arts, I used my summer vacations during graduation to work as a wardrobe assistant and dresser in a small theater located in educational summer camp Birioska. This experience gave me first notions of costume department, showing me the importance of time management, teamwork and how to work with fabrics.
In 2010 I met my future Italian – Brazilian husband and moved to Brazil, where, after becoming proficient in Portuguese language, I finally started graduation in Fashion and Costume Design.
It helped me to discover how versatile and fascinating costume design field is. Since the first Costume History lesson, I had devoted my time during interdisciplinary projects to become proficient in this field, making a XIX century dress for a character from “A Moreninha” novel in collaboration with a Historical Society of Destherro, and also writing my final project paper about evolution of costume design within the historical context on example of James Bond movie franchise.
As a part of graduation program in 2015, I applied for a prestigious program called Santa Catarina Moda e Cultura (SCMC), which brings together design students and representatives of fashion industry. After a challenging six stage selection process, I was selected to participate in Design Camp, where divided in groups of 10, we we asked to solve 28 challenges from Santa Catarina fashion companies in only 5 days. Receiving a Group Leader award, made me more confident and proficient in communication and teamwork skills.
While studying, my illustration skills allowed me to start working as a freelance textile designer, creating prints for uniforms, commercial projects and NGOs’ campaigns. Perfecting skills important for costume designer, I also started to participate in costume design projects for amateur dance crews and actors.
After graduation in Fashion Design, I attended two more short courses in one of the most prestigious Brazilian Universities UDESC about costume design and opera production, which allowed me to meet incredible people from the industry and learn more about costume making and research.
During last two years, before moving to London, I was self employed designer in Brazil, creating bespoke neckwear for wedding outfits, Brazilian TV presenters and magazine photo shootings. One of the most remarkable moments was me being asked to create a necktie for a famous Brazilian presenter Arlindo Grunge to complete his look for What not to Wear TV Show.
In conclusion, I would like to say, years of dealing with Brazilian, Russian and European clients have broaden my horizons and taught me to think outside the box. Knowledge of 5 languages gave me a privileged access to study and research materials, which help not only to keep me up-to-date, but also find unusual sources of inspiration for my projects. Being self employed most of my career and taking care of design, manufacturing and participation in national fairs and expos, have taught me not only how to be an excellent time manager, but also the importance of balance between creativity and consumers’ needs.