Above: Riri’s Chamber by Kukula. Image found here.
Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2014 Couture
This is like the ultimate Art Herstory mashup–Nataly Abramovitch, aka Kukula, paints debutantes in haute couture. Not just of her imagination–as you can see, some outfits are directly inspired by the couture designs (Ulyana Sergeenko is clearly a favourite for Kukula).
Above: The Three Graces by Kukula, image found here.
Above: Reem Acra Resort 2016
Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2015
Above: Marchesa Spring 2015
Kukula was born in Tel Aviv, and is currently based in the U.S. With regards to her dream-prom aesthetic, Kukula’s website notes:
Kukula’s paintings center on feminine, doll-like figures, often surrounded by objects with sometimes clear, sometimes obscure symbolic meaning. The work registers the influences of both classical European art forms and contemporary pop culture. In her figures’ poses Kukula recalls traditional portraiture, yet the style is manifestly modern and pop-influenced. Kukula’s compositions thereby disclose her personal struggles as mediated by a rich multi-cultural heritage.
-statement found here
Above: The Guardian by Kukula. Image found here.
Above: Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 Couture
With regards to this series of Haute Debutante paintings, High-Fructose quotes Kukula commenting on her subjects:
“A haute debutante is not an especially rich brat. She may or may not wear haute couture at all. She does take upon herself the task of appearing in the world in a certain way, a way that takes the art of dress seriously. But neither is she bound by the claustrophobic mannerisms of the traditional debutante cotillion. She is haute – above all that. Her knowledge and skill provide her a basis for creativity, allow her to transcend the accepted conventions. The haute debutante aspires to create a world of her own.”
– from High-Fructose here
Above: The Dalias by Kukula, image found here.
Above: Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015
Above: Marchesa Spring 2016
Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2015