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15:00 Friday 06 June 2014  Written by Philip Dewey

Fashion designer from Dedworth unveils plastic surgery collection

Inga Kovalerova, 34, has had her work exhibted at Graduate Fashion Week.
Inga Kovalerova, 34, has had her work exhibted at Graduate Fashion Week.

A fashion student from Dedworth has created a series of outfits to send out a strong message against plastic surgery - and has been nominated for two awards.

Inga Kovalerova, of Bruce Walk, became involved with designing clothes after studying a fashion and textiles course at the University of West London, in Ealing.

Her work, inspired by the sculptures of Italian artist Michelangelo, was exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week which ran from Saturday to Tuesday in London.

The 34-year-old said: "I have always been an artistic and creative person. I have been drawing and making stuff since I was 12 years old.

"My grandmother taught me how to sew and knit at the age of six or seven."

The British Airways cabin crew member, originally from Russia, began researching for her collection by posing as a customer at a plastic surgery clinic, and asking a surgeon about the ideal female body.

Idealism and the female body are major themes for her work.

Inga, mother of Windsor Girls' School pupil Fiona, 14, and Dedworth Green First School pupil Nicholas, eight, said: "I am against plastic surgery because the female body is beautiful and to be dictated to by the television and the media about what we should look like is creating a generation of people with insecurities.

"I have always felt plastic surgery is a bit like butchery, and that is reflected in my work."

A model showcases Inga's work inspired by plastic surgery.
A model showcases Inga's work inspired by plastic surgery.

The former Belfast resident, who moved to Dedworth five years ago, has been nominated for the Mulberry Accessories Award and the UK Fashion and Textiles Awards, and hopes to start her own knitwear brand after finishing her degree on Tuesday.

The former Roland Mouret intern said: "I am really proud, obviously not everyone gets nominated and I am very proud to represent the university.

"If someone thinks I have a chance of winning amongst other talented designers then that is amazing."

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