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EWST fashionlab founder

Couture draping courses by Elena Ryleeva

Elena Ryleeva is EWST fashionlab founder and creator of all original content that EWST fashionlab offers through workshops and online courses. She has specialty in Draping and Patten-making where she has achieved internationally recognized mastery.

Initially trained in women’s wear bespoke tailoring Elena subsequently completed fashion design studies and got her Master’s degree.

Her extensive, more than 30 years, expertise covers most areas of fashion design, both theory and practice.


Since more than two decades Elena works internationally. She has taught Fashion Design academic courses in China, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Elena has traveled with master classes to Spain, Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Georgia, Peru, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Besides, Elena has been freelancing for Italian fashion brands Replay, D&G, Anna Marcetti and participating as costume designer in international collaborative theatrical projects (USA, Germany, and Indonesia)  


Elena has own distinctive method of teaching Draping skills, she call it “Designing directly on a dress-form” Attendees of Elena’s master classes say that her teaching is enchanting.


Apart of teaching online and offline courses and master-classes Elena develops Fabricscape project. "Fabricscape" is innovative pattern-cutting approach devised by Elena that is destined to initiate a new conscious direction in designing of clothing and accessories.


See more about Elena's work:


Testimonials of Elena's students

Fashion graduation collections of Elena's students

DIY Tutorials by Elena Ryleeva

Waste-escape project


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Max - EWST fashionlab co-founder, visual artist, art workshop instructor, and online courses coordinator Read more about Max and  see art workshop page

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