IGOR CHAPURIN BIOGRAPHY
Igor Chapurin was born in a Belorussian town of Velikiye Luki. After having finished a secondary school he entered the Vitebsk Technological Institute where he specialized in women's clothing design. Winning the Nina Ricci Young Designer Contest in Paris shortly after completing his studies was Igor’s professional startup. Upon that, offers followed to create evening dresses for Miss Europe, Miss World and Miss Universe finalists. His first collection ‘To Russia with Love’ was shown 1995 in a legendary Moscow Hotel Metropol and brought him general recognition.
1996 to 1998, taking a personal invitation of Princess Irene Galitzine Igor Chapurin designed the first line for the Italian fashion house Galitzine. Year 1998 proved to become a turning point in Igor Chapurin’s career as many thrilling events happened. His ‘Chapurin-99’ collection got a Golden Mannequin - the highest award of the Russian High Fashion Association. The designer became a full member of the Association. He received Harper’s Bazaar award in ‘Style’ nomination. That year brought Igor a first experience in a stage design as he created costumes for a renowned Russian director Oleg Menshikov’s production ‘The Woes of Wit’ by a writer Nikolay Gogol.
Same year saw opening of Chapurin’s own boutique in downtown Moscow thus marking a beginning of the brand CHAPURIN. Over the next several years CHAPURIN expanded its presence as a brand in Moscow and many Russian regions as well as started selling abroad. Clothing under CHAPURIN label was from now on to be seen in many Western and Asian glossy magazines and to be purchased in many multi-brand boutiques across Europe and Asia.
Igor Chapurin became recognition as a talented and trendy theater designer. Costume and stage designs for a whole number of further drama, ballet and operette productions have followed since then, among which are 2003 London Albert Hall production of ‘Madam Lioneli’ by ??, a Russian director Kirill Serebryannikov’s 2004 Drama ‘Demon, Oleg Menshikov’s 2005 production ‘Kitchen’, Bolshoi Ballet director Alexey Ratmansky’s re-stage of Leonid Massine’s ‘Les Présages’, Bolshoi Ballet ‘Go for Broke’ choreographed by Alexey Ratmansky, Bolshoi Ballet ‘Class-Concert’ choreographed by Mikhail Messerer, Bolshoi Operette ‘Die Fledermaus’ directed by Vasily Barkhatov, joint French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj-Bolshoi Ballet production ‘Creation 2010’, ballet pieces ‘Cinque’ and ‘Reflections’ choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti as well as his recent costumes for a ballet project ‘King of the Dance’, Opus 3 choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti and shown in opera houses around the world. Igor Chapurin is the only Russian fashion designer to have the honor to collaborate with the world-famous Bolshoi.
2004 for the Athens Olympics Igor Chapurin together with Swarovski successfully created costumes for Russian Olympic champions in artistic gymnastics Alina Kabaeva and Irina Chashina. 2005 landmarked Igor Chapurin’s first show in the official calendar of the Paris prêt-a-porter Fashion Week which brought him prompt international recognition and world name. In recent years Igor Chapurin has been awarded with a number of prizes for his achievements in fashion. Russian GQ 2005 Designer of the Year, 2007 ELLE Style Award, 2010 World Fashion Channel Best Designer award are only a few among many others.
Igor Chapurin’s works today include seasonal prêt-a-porter and yearly haute couture collections, accessories and jewelry lines, bed linen collections, limited editions for own boutique in Moscow’s GUM on Red Square, special American collections and capsule collections for local mass-market brands. The designer continues his successful collaboration with Bolshoi as well as engages himself in a whole number of exciting Russian and international fashion and art projects.