Meet the Designer

About me

Hello! My name is Irina Tsapreva and I’m the person behind the one-man show that is “Penumbra-Designs”.

My interest in costume design and weird fashion was formed at a fairly young age under the influence of both Eastern and Western pop culture. I spent the entirety of my teenage years and early twenties as a cosplayer, reaching a semi-professional level as an international competitor and judge.

My professional education  incudes a bachelour’s degree in Set and Costume design (NATFA, 2020) and a master’s Degree in Costume design  (National Academy of Art,2024). It is my experience with theatre, as well as love for stage costumes, that has had a great influence on the alternative wear I create.

Why “Penumbra-Designs”?

Who is this fashion for?

There’s no right or wrong type of people these designs are meant for. My aim is for my pieces to be worn and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, occupation and general fashion style.

A harness can be worn in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to):
As an addition to everyday wear; as an accent to more elegant wear; as an accessory to lingerie; as an eccentric party outfit; as a photo shoot art piece; as a stage performance costume for dancers and aerial artists.

I am willing to experiment with a vast assortment of materials, techniques and styles to accommodate to a kaleidoscope of subcultures like Gothic, Punk, Grunge, Kawaii, Kink, Urban, Rave and many more.