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Ukrainian Couture in a Small Corner of Kyiv


In a studio in Kyiv, there stands a very tall mirror, a window that nearly reaches the ceiling, and a beautiful ray of sun through which it streams. This small but very comfortable space is the design studio of Maryna Kostogryz – a local designer with whom Postmark Ukraine has teamed up to create the most delicious designs.


In fact, Maryna is no stranger to Postmark Ukraine. If you remember our very first collection of one-of-a-kind designer bodysuits then, in fact, you have already become acquainted with her work. Not only is her work creative, inspired, and completely unique, the craftsmanship is hard to beat in terms of price for completely bespoke designs.


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(If you’re interested in the audio version of our little chat, head on over to the Ukrainian Couture page and take a closer look at the possibilities. Otherwise, tuck in to a favourite corner and start the scroll…)


Lana

I'm sitting with Maryna Kostogryz from Kyiv, Ukraine with whom Postmark Ukraine has started some collaboration with some fabulously interesting designs, custom-made, all very boutique, and all very high quality. What's really exciting is that this is a special time for Postmark Ukraine as well, because we really understand that something “unique” to our clients is really important. We're really happy to be able to provide this service to our clients, to our customers, to the Postmark Ukraine family, and we welcome Maryna onboard as well to our family.


Maryna

Lana, thank you.

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Maryna Kostogryz

Lana

Maybe you can tell people a little about yourself..?


Maryna

Absolutely, so I’m a designer of dresses for special events for women, dresses for dancing, costumes for dance from ballroom dancing – which includes not only long ballroom gowns but also Latin American dresses – which are more open, more playful. As well, dresses for parties, for special events, and now I’m starting to dive into evening dress design and dreaming to design wedding dresses in the near future. I've been doing this since 2016 and I think that the more I explore, the more I do, the more I want. I'm excited about everything upcoming with this.


Lana

So you get your inspiration from all corners. For Postmark Ukraine, for our clients, for our customers, usually they want something that's a little bit more Ukrainian, but actually you run the full gamut. It doesn't just have to be just Ukrainian inspired.


Maryna

Right. For me, the most important source of inspiration is the client, the woman herself. When I hear her request, her story, the way she wants to show herself, what she puts into this dress design, the costume design, what she wants to transmit, what inner emotion she wants to show and to put into the design – that's the largest inspiration for me because it's so unique already. It's so custom and individual and you just have to listen to what she tells, what she wants, and that drugs me, and I already start drawing pictures in my head. So if she wants something in Ukrainian style I start to dive into this design. It's really natural to me as well because I'm born in Ukraine, in Kyiv, and was raised in a family, which appreciates Ukrainian traditions, Ukrainian clothing.



Custom ballgown
Postmark Ukraine Custom Designs with Maryna Kostogryz

Lana

That's wonderful. I know that the Postmark family will really enjoy working with you very soon, actually. What about the idea of fashion in general? Is there something that brought you into this realm? Or what pulled you here?


Maryna

So, to start with childhood, I remember that during all my childhood I wasn’t attached to fashion at all. I was really limited with five pieces of dress for school, but I remember that I was drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing, drawing, but never thought that it's something that I want to follow. I've been dancing all my life and I was all the time connected to beautiful dresses, but I couldn't connect this in myself. But then I started a new type of dance and I thought that, okay, I want to look good at each training. I don't want to look good only at the performance, but every time I do something for myself, I want to look good. And I thought: I want to have something designed for me. I drew this, I started to dance in this, and I received appreciation from the other girls who told me, “I want this as well”, “design this for me”, and then it started. So that is how I was brought into fashion.


"The most important source of inspiration is the client, the woman herself"

Lana

What about in terms of a specific style? Do you have a designer or a style or a philosophy that really attracts you?


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Maryna Kostogryz for Postmark Ukraine