Meet The Designer
All our fashionable items are designed by Iryna Mologoko, a Washington DC-based talented celebrity designer of Ukrainian descent. Iryna has over 20 years of experience in tailoring and fashion design starting from a famous tailoring school in Kiev, Ukraine. She made her very first dress at the age of 9 for her little sister. She never stopped making dresses since then.
EUROPEAN CLASSIC WITH A MODERN TWIST
Iryna has set out to create a collection which enables each woman to have the same freedom she would have if she was making her own wedding dress personally for herself, but at a very affordable price.
She has spent years researching, sourcing and nurturing the right connections with fabric suppliers, talented US manufacturers, fabulous seamstresses and great fashion/style consultants around Washington DC area.
Iryna was born in Kiev and grew up in the diamond capital of former USSR, Mirnyi, during the Soviet Union era. Her childhood was challenging as the simple modest life in a very remote cold location of Siberia was not very exciting and required lots of day-to-day creativity to make it through. She used her imagination to invent and create her own toys and garments. In a way, this is what helped her to become so creative and productive as the resources and abilities to see and learn new things were very limited.
Iryna left Siberia at the age of 17, after graduating from her high school, to follow her dream of discovering the world beyond her homeland. She studied Couture design and tailoring at the best Kiev (Ukraine) Tailoring school at the age of 18, she has a Master degree in Computer Science and a degree from School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.The future designer at the time spent years traveling around Europe and the World. She was an IT manager, a tailor, a graphic designer, and a photographer for over 20 years before setting up her own business in 2015. She also has been modeling time to times for local and international designers including her own brand.
Her nickname “Mila” (means lovely in Russian) started the business name and brand with a DIY website, stitching in the spare bedroom and taking photos in the living room, and has gradually become “Iryna Mologoko Couture”, with a professional website and photoshoots, TV appearances, the development of her ‘Mila Shoe Accessories‘ collection, runway shows around Washington DC area and active participation in various charity events.
“My father was an amazing artist, and so from an early age, I was surrounded by an awareness and appreciation of good art and design, even before venturing into the world of fashion. I come from a family of DIY dressmakers, so I was really taught how to sew by my mother…”
In addition to dress-making, Iryna also does photography in her spare time. You can see her work on this website.
Iryna loves creating corsets and corseted wedding and evening gowns. Overall, using ties and lace-up techniques are very big in all her designs. Iryna developed her own spin on the old-fashioned European art of corset making. It takes only 20 yards of boning and your perfectly tailored and fitted corset is ready to go!
She has spent years researching and perfecting her corset-making technique. Now she is sharing her knowledge as an art around Washington DC area.
"NOTHING A GOOD CORSET
I am writing to thank you so very much for all you did for me and all the work you put in to help create my perfect dress. I am delighted with it and so appreciate all your efforts.
I had searched high and low in/out of several top notch stores and just couldn’t find what I wanted, because it didn’t exist.
You have such a great appreciation and knowledge of fashion, fabrics and respectfully and patiently worked with me to create my dream dress from scratch.
Something that it was only in my imagination you made it real.
You are brilliant and very gifted.
Thank you for your patience throughout the whole process – which was important since sometimes I was having bridezillas moment.
I felt like royalty ever day I stopped by.
I am glad I trusted you 100% , I am in tears yes we had my final fitting today and the dress was perfect. I had goosebumps.
Irina what ordinarily be a hugely daunting task of designing a wedding dress, for you it look like a piece of cake. Your guidance and suggestions were always well thought through and the finished dress was simply amazing.
As I told you before, every time you finish a new piece for me I feel the same way… You are incredibly talented and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and paying you top dollar for my garments.
You are simply the best dressmaker I have ever work with.
Thank you again