Los Angeles based, Moldovian born designer Aliona Kononova’s unwavering aesthetic combined with sweeping architectural lines and geometric forms has deemed her a fashion favorite among the international art and cultural crowd.
After graduating from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, Kononova completed an internship with renowned fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence and went on to head the creative office at Denis Simachev in Milan. In 2009 she launched her own brand in Milan, where she lived and worked for twelve years.
Aliona participated in the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2011, representing Moldova for the Transnistria Project. In the same year, Kononova won the millinery talent competition led by Stephen Jones, Vogue UK and Talenthouse. Kononova’s winning Dandelion Hat, created using fibre rays, was published in Vogue, where she was recognized as “Millinery’s New Star” and the piece was exhibited alongside the greatest hats of the last century in Hats: An Anthology at New York’s Bard Graduate Center Gallery.
Recent projects include performative collaboration with award winning choreographer and dancer Ryan Heffington and Russian art rock musician Ilya Lagutenko presented at the 69th Festival de Cannes to inaugurate James Franco’s philanthropic film studios Elysium Bandini Studios.
Kononova’s work has been featured in the international fashion and lifestyle media around the world including Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue France, Vogue Japan, Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.