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  • Irina Pleshkova

    Doctor of Arts, Fashion Designer

    Reutlingen, Germany

I am a multidisciplinary creator with a deep passion for all things in fashion design, different things. I am always interested in learning technical things because I am interested in the creative side. I am focused on human behaviour, honesty and sustainability and its relation with fashion design.

Work Samples

  • Private Space

  • Müllleben (trash live)

  • 2 worlds

Work History

03/2014: Faculty textile & design assistant. Reutlingen University. 08/2012 – 02/2013: Designer (Internship), Tchibo (www.tchibo.de), Hamburg. Germany. Assisted professional designers on the development of mainline and weekly collections. Prepared hand sketches as well as computer technical drawings (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), artworks. Analysed feedback from the product manager to ensure designs met the standards of both consumers and the brand. 07/2006 – 08/2006: Designer (Internship), BosBison (www.bosbison.ru), Moscow. Russia. Assisted the design team with their daily activities. Created and developed concept drawings and prototypes based on product design briefs. 06/2005 – 08/2005: Designer (Internship), Gloria Jeans (www.gloria-jeans.ru), Rostov on Don. Russia. Sourced fabrics and trims. Communicated designs through hand sketches and computer drawings (Corel Draw, Photoshop). 10/2004 – 06/2007: Designer, Design group Sibirskaja Zima, Omsk. Russia. Processed customers’ orders. Monitored orders throughout their lifecycle. Sourced fabrics and accessories.


  • Reutlingen University

    • Master of Arts Design
    • 2011 - 2013

    Master Thesis/Collection “Private Space”. G.P.A. 1,0.

  • St.Petersburg State University of Technology and Design

    • PhD in Art Design, Art
    • 2007 - 2010

    PhD Thesis “A Conceptual Tendency in Fashion design in the 20th and at the turn of 21st centuries”. November 2012 Maison Martin Margiela presented a collection developed for H&M. The re-edition of iconic garments and accessories was offered to the broad public. This collaboration project describes and verifies the main statements of my thesis. Fashion design after 1980’s becomes more conceptual. The artists’ interpretation of social, political, cultural aspects forms the basis of the new CONCEPTUAL Fashion design. The basic questions were to define the term ‘conceptual fashion’ and to identify its importance and influence on the modern fashion industry. The key object of the research was to analyse the avant-garde and conceptual collections of the 20th century and those at the turn of the 21st century from such desginers as Paco Rabanne, Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Kei Kagami, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, A.F. Vandevorst, Henrik Vibskov, Barbara i Gongini, Lucy Orta and others. In this thesis I argued that major trends of conceptual fashion are a new artist's Zeitgeist idea and innovative technology of garment production. The results also show that not only Haute Couture but also mass production fashion industry is strongly influenced by the conceptual tendency.

  • Omsk State Service Institute

    • Graduate Designer Design
    • 2002 - 2007

    Thesis: “Conceptual Fashion”. Collection: “Subbotnik”. G.P.A. 1,0.

  • Russian Correspondence Institute of Textile and Light Industry. Omsk filial.

    • Design engineer Tailoring
    • 2000 - 2002