Ula Zukowska - spring/summer 2002

Ula Zukowska has once again brought her brand of fashion technology to the Toronto Fashion Week runway. The designer’s architectural background is definitely put to use in forging what are essentially breathable, travel-friendly and futuristic living spaces. The state-of-the-art fabrics Ula employs are waterproof and apparently protect against harmful radiation and UV rays. The brilliant white Tyvek paper dresses with zip-up skirt and matching jacket promise the same level of mobility for its wearer as the crinkled top folding around the shoulders. In contrast, the charcoal-grey Nioprin diver jacket with velcro attachments are utilitarian and rigid. But Ula posits the notion that technology should be gentle to the body, as seen in the holistically centred front pouch pocket, a recurring element of the collection. Taking fashion into left field has become second nature to Ula. “There is always a risk. You have to be prepared for it,” she says. With strong sales on the west coast and an opening Asian market, it looks like this entrepreneur’s venture is paying off.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer