Anya Sokolovskaya holds MFA in Theatre Costume Design from the University of Connecticut. She perceives herself as both an educator and a designer. As a professor, she taught at ACT Magnet High School and at Eastern Connecticut State University. As a designer, she costumed about 40 shows, including ballet productions, modern dance, musicals, drama, comedies, children theater, social events, etc. Her design motto is "Expressive and not excessive." Striving for clarity of image, she believes that overly complex costumes may be disruptive, overly simplistic costumes may convey lack of credibility. People see big things first but it is the details that make costumes holistic. As a designer, she approaches every production individually cherishing opportunities to fully dedicate herself to the creative process and enjoy collaborative work that makes every production unique. She thinks it is very important to hear the director’s vision and match their expectation with a product that enhances the whole. Costumes, make-up, and accessories are very powerful tools and it is easy to attract a lot of attention to them, but it is the best if they remain in a supportive role.
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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - AABSCTM - June-August 2015
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