How it all started
Long before Kristinit was worn by celebrities and carried nationwide at stores like Anthropologie, Kristina LOVED clothing and there was never any question that her destiny would involve fashion. She enjoyed dressing up with her mom’s silk scarves and creating fashion shows with her Barbies. On the weekends, when other kids were outside playing in the dirt, Kristina immersed herself in old movies, watching Marlene Dietrich or Lana Turner slink across the screen, heroines of their own story, elevated to untouchable heights of confidence and glamour, due in large part to the costumes they wore. This was the stuff of dreams. Kristina was discovering her calling.
For 20 years, Kristina studied everything about fashion she could get her hands on, to the point of becoming a walking encyclopedia of fashion and costume history. She was particularly obsessed with 1930s Hollywood costumes.
As a Fulbright Finalist, Kristina studied art and theater amongst the redwood trees of UCSC, to fashion design and costume history at London’s renowned Wimbledon School of Art; honing her skills in New York, she worked extensively in theater, ballet, and opera. She earned an MFA in Costume Design at UCLA.
From working in costume design, where she brought to life characters through clothing, Kristina’s true artistic pleasure emerged in creating beautiful one-of-a-kind garments out of reclaimed and antique fabrics. driven by a desire to capture the confidence, the magic, and the feminine power that she had been introduced to years ago by watching Marlene, Marilyn, and Audrey flourish on screen, a clothing line was born. These garments soon caught the eye of Jen Ford the editor at Lucky magazine,where Kristina was named a One to Watch designer.