Galina Mihaleva is a fashion designer and artist that investigates in the area of bio design and wearable technology.
She is Assistant Professor at the school of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing – wearable technology.
Prior to joining NTU, Galina thought at Arizona State University for more than 15 years costume design and designed for world renown choreographers in USA, ASIA and Europe. She is the founder of Galina Couture in Scottsdale Arizona, where her team develops exclusive collections of one of kind designs. Her art and design work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America and Europe.
In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Galina received the Rumi award in USA and the first place at the Tiffany’s Paris fashion week in 2016.
Beyond in-depth analysis of cultural values, she combines traditional tailoring methods while developing and using new materials and innovative construction proses. Unbounded by the old rules, Galina now offers her work as a testimony to the power of beauty and expression, and to the transcendent human spirit. She regards her works as being timeless.
Text: Saif Rahman Sozib