For the last master class for this year, we are bringing to you a well-known art director from Paris – Niko Neki. In his vast career, he has been involved in image-making, scenography, sculpture, design, video and digital painting for inspirational brands and companies such as Dior, Airbus, Mini BMW, Air France, Baccarat, Laurent Perrier, Montblanc, Sony, Moncler, Premiere Vision and many more.
Our guest Niko Neki graduated from ENSAD (French National School of Design) in the field of Visual Communication. As founder and member of the groups IMAGINERS TANK and GRAPHICTHINKS he has been actively engaged in the world of design, graphic design, illustration, sculpture, video creation, advertising for various world-renown clients. He has worked and has exhibited in Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Japan, China, South Korea, Brazil, and Argentina. In the last few years, his interest is focused on digital painting and climate change. In 2019 his project THE END OF THE EARTH has been exhibited in Dubrovnik, Croatia and his ongoing project is titled AN IMAGE FOR THE PLANET https://animagefortheplanet.tumblr.com /
A designer by training, and a scenographer and specialist in the creation of displays, Soline d’Aboville founded Manymany in 2008. Graduated from the ENSAD (French National School of Design), and taking wing in the art of designing show windows at Cartier, she created the décors for Louis Vuitton’s show windows throughout the world for 5 years before investing her talents at Dior Couture. Manymany is an agency that specialises in scenography and visual marketing. Based in Paris, it produces creative, custom-made designs worldwide for the most famous brands. At Manymany, Soline d’Aboville, founder and creative director, works with independent talents depending on each design, and counsels her clients from the initial briefing to the actual mounting of the displays. At the same time, Soline gives courses at schools such as the HEC and l’Institut Français de la Mode (the French Fashion Institute).
Aleksandra Olenska is a Fashion Stylist and Creative Consultant originally from England. She has consulted and researched for a multitude of brands including Chanel, Celine, Daks London, Pringle of Scotland, Tom Ford and Vanessa Bruno, providing creative direction, trend forecasting, and inspiration, as well as branding and narrative building advice, and she now works with private clients. She now works with private clients, and has given talks, conferences and workshops at top universities all over the world, including Central St Martins in London, IFM, Chambre Syndicale in Paris and the Conde Nast Academy. She recently launched style-whisper-academy.com, to help aspiring fashion professionals.
Having read English Literature at University (BAhons,) whilst entering the world of fashion styling working for Dazed and Confused Magazine, she obtained her Masters in Fashion Design from the prestigious Central St Martins under mentor Louise Wilson, before working alongside Susanne Deeken, designing, researching and finding inspiring vintage pieces for brands including Marc Jacobs.
Aleksandra was the Culture Editor and former Fashion Director at art and fashion biannual Exit magazine, and is passionate about contemporary art – especially art photography, and has worked with several of the worlds leading art photographers. She has styled for Vogue and W, with brands, celebrities, private and corporate clients around the world – finding inspiring art, fashion and objects from her strong research base. Her work has appeared in global magazines including Italian Vogue, American Vogue, Elle, Self Service, and Harpers Bazaar China, as well as her own shoe line for TopShop.