Elena Van Dakuroff

Textile Artist / Couturier


Finery & Fashion

continuing into July

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Sense8-ions: I am also a We


The collection of “Sense8-ions: I am also a We” 2019, was inspired by the main characters in the compelling Netflix program “Sense8”. The series explores the concept of interconnectedness through the presence and personalities of eight principal characters, who are all truly sensate - Sun, Nomi, Wolfgang, Kala, Will, Lito, Riley and Capheus. Though from disparate parts of the world, they slowly become aware of each other's presence and learn to engage, physically, emotionally, psychically - and to help each other in times of need, perhaps the most essential aspect of being deeply attuned to one another.

Viewing “Sense8” in recent months was unexpectedly timely, as it suggested a unifying premise for a design concept that I’ve been already considering for quite a while. Although each dress is part of the same extended 'family', each has its own presence and unique character, as do we all.

Dress 1
Name: Sun
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Hand Loomed Silk Dupioni Phantom / Flowers Emroidered Midnight Silk / Gold Silk Dupioni / Rubi Silk Agra Maroon / Silk organza

Dress 2
Name: Nomi
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Denim Print Tahitian Dawn linen, rayon / Maize Print Vintage Blossom Dwell Studio Collection cotton / Patna Toile Asian Arcadia linen / Rubi Silk Agra Maroon / Gold silk Dupioni / Mocha silk Dupioni / cotton silk lining

Dress 3
Name: Riley 'Blue'
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Indigo Plumtree Paisley linen/cotton - trademarks of The Colonial Willamsburg Foundation / Indigo Print Ballad Bouquet - an Authentic Waverly Screen Print linen/rayon / Mocha Silk Dupiony / Rubi Silk Agra Maroon / cotton silk as lining

Dress 4
Name: Will
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Chocl Toile Parterre cotton / TUSCN Toile Poppy-field linen / Midnight Dreams cotton / Mocha Silk Dupioni / Blue Silk Shantung / cotton silk lining

Dress 5
Name: Wolfgang
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Black Florence linen / BLKWH Print Ozbourne cotton / Leather / Blue Silk Shantung / Gold silk Dupiony / Ruby Silk Agra Maroon / cotton silk lining

Dress 6
Name: Kala
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Blue Silk Shantung / Verde Silk Rosana Crimson hand woven Dupiony silk / Gold Dupiony silk / Rubi Silk Agra Maroon / cotton silk lining

Dress 7
Name: Capheus
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: BLK Maize Print Elton (Grille) cotton / Fire - Honey Maize Print Elton (Grille) cotton / Damask Rubi linen / cotton silk lining / Mocha Silk Shantung

Dress 8
Name: Lito
Line: Sense8-ions, 2019
Occasion: Cocktail dress
Atelier: Magic Garment
Textile: Black Florence linen / Untitled Print linen / Ruby Silk Agra Maroon / Gold Dupiony silk / Blue Silk Shantung / cotton silk as lining

Elena thanks Chintz & Company, Calgary for their tremendous selection of fine fabrics.

the artist

My name is Elena. I am a native person born in Siberia in 1970. I have two grown-up kids. I’m married to a person who encourages me in this life and makes me laugh. I love him.

Having started as a professional dancer, then having studied art history, forensic psychology, economics, linguistic and organizational development - life was never dull. Different challenges, different professional and life tasks, different countries and people - a lot of stories!

In the past few years I have embarked on a new journey. I started Magic Garment Studio, where we create bespoke garments for select clients. My passion is to inspire people, to make them wonder, to encourage them to discover and inhabit their expressive selves, perhaps even the hidden self, waiting to be heard.