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Born in Moscow, Donis Pouppis spent the bulk of his childhood and adolescence in Cy-
prus. In 1996, he left the Mediterranean island to attend the Textile Academy of Moscow,
where he met the person who would become his fellow traveler, Nina Neretina, an art
student from a town close to Voronezh who headed for the Russian capital after graduating
from college. From this encounter, an uncommon aesthetic was born, one situated some-
where between the functionalism of Soviet constructivism, avant-garde and continuous
references to pop culture.
Nina Donis, the brand created by the two, was gradually making a name for itself, with
designs appearing on Russian runways and—sporadically—European ones, before making
the defi nitive leap to London Fashion Week, soon enjoying the recognition and interna-
tional projection this achievement brings.
Along the way, Nina Donis has collected numerous acknowledgements and awards, includ-
ing the Mix Collection Prize of the 2001 International Festival of Fashion and Photogra-
phy, held in Hyères and representing a meeting place for young designers, and the Designer
of the Year Prize, awarded by the Russian edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
e design tandem Nina Donis is a clear example of how the Russian fashion panorama is in
full swing, with a wide and varied range of proposals certain to leave no one indiff erent.
Photography courtesy of Nina Donis
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With white and black colors in the
background, and reds and oranges as
eff ective combinations, Nina Donis
structured her Spring/Summer 2008
collection, from which a sketch and
one of the designs have been selected
for these pages.
Sketch courtesy of Nina Donis
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Photography courtesy of Nina Donis
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Nina Donis
Nizhniy Susalniy per., 5 str. 5a.
105064 Moscow
Russia
www.ninadonis.com
- What inspires you?
Everything around me, life, recollections and dreams.
- What is your dream as designers?
To have the opportunity to do what we love most of all for as long as possible.
- What has been the most important achievement of your career?
e most important achievement is our long-term cooperation with each other and the delight we are still taking in it.
- How important are trends?
Trends are needed to make fun of them.
- Fashion has always refl ected a certain era. What does fashion refl ect in the twenty-fi rst century?
Chaos and vanity.
- What book would you recommend to every fashion designer?
Encyclopedia of Arts and World Art History.
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Sketch courtesy of Nina Donis

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