Invasive Fashion: The Conflict Between Ukraine and Russia

Economic and Social Effects

Everybody around the world is following the recent updates about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The conflict made an impact on every business – including the textiles and apparel market. Before we get on to the economic effects of the conflict, models, designers, and other fashion workers are sharing posts on their social media accounts to gather forces against injustice that Ukrainian citizens face. Especially, Ukrainian designers and models do everything to support their home country. For example, Ukrainian fashion creator Anna October said 'I went from designer to refugee overnight — our situation only gets worse'.

When the economical part of the fashion industry is considered, it seems that Russian's imports are decreased, which constitutes a large percentage of Russia’s textile industry. Some of the clothing companies that are headquartered in Russia including Sinar, Bolshevichka, Tver Garment Factory, and Volchok are complaining about the current situation.

From Another Point of View

The 87-year-old designer, Giorgio Armani, took his collection down the catwalk to uncomfortable silence at his show in Milan Fashion Week to show a symbol of respect to everyone involved in the growing tragedy. The message was plain enough, despite the odd absence of the phrases "Russia" and "Ukraine." The models walked down the catwalk in silent luxury Armani staples like tight velvet coats and a long-sleeved spangled gown.


Zeynep Erol