Lukomorye (Spirit of the Ocean)

Costume for a Russian Spirit of the Ocean inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s fairytale poem and Russian mythology. Habotai silk painted using the serti (gutta resist) technique. Headpiece made from buckram and stuffed fabric, hand painted. Design and construction by Anna Kalabina, The New School, 2018-2019.

Aida design sketch

Costume sketch for Amneris in Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Aida inspired by graffiti walls; by Anna Kalabina, 2018

Lukomorye design sketches

Pencil sketches for the upcoming  project based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem. By Anna Kalabina. The New School, 2019.

“On seashore far a Green Oak towers…”

Costume for a Green Oak tree from Alexander Pushkin’s fairytale poem “By Lukomorye”. Jumpsuit and headpiece made from recycled fabrics hand painted with dyes, reinforced with wire. Design and construction by Anna Kalabina, The New School, 2019.  


“Marisol” by Jose Rivera; Dir. Monica L.Williams. Costume Designer – Nicole Slaven; Assistant Costume Designer/Crafts Artisan –  Anna Kalabina. Construction and painting of the two sets of angel wings. Painting and distressing of the jacket. Assistance with pulling and design. The New School of Drama/College of Performing Arts; BFA Production, Fall 2018    


Anna Kalabina is a textile artisan and designer based in NYC. Her work has been featured in major Broadway shows, such as Frozen, Sponge Bob, and The Lion King among others. Anna has received an extensive training in fabric painting and earned a baccalaureate degree in fashion design from Parsons, The New School. For CV…

Frozen on Broadway

Costume Designer –  Christopher Oram; Draper – Robbie Manning; First Hand/Painter – Anna Kalabina. Parsons-Meares, Ltd. (NY); The Denver Center of Performing Arts (CO); Summer 2017.  

Punk Tale: The movie

Based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. Direction, costume design and construction/distressing by Anna Kalabina. The New School, Spring 2018

Dvorak’s Rusalka

My costume design for Antonin Dvorak’s opera Rusalka (1900) is a modern take on Edwardian glassblowing. The art of glassblowing has manifested itself in glass bottles, today widely replaced by PET plastic bottles that pollute ocean water. I wanted to reflect on the issues of marine pollution and the misuse of plastic. Rusalka tells a well-known story of…

Sin City

Wearable art and textiles project inspired by the nightlife in London’s Soho; Design and construction by Anna Kalabina; University of the Arts London, Fall 2017  


Textile design project inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917 University of the Arts London, 2017

The Modern Knights

  The Modern Knights : Symbolism and Appropriation of the Motorcycle Clubs The goal of this project was to design a fashion collection inspired by the style and symbolism of the biker culture without portraying them in a manner that is disorienting or insulting. I’ve designed an MC patch based on the fashion brand logo (Burberry) in order to…

The Gaian Guardian

Character concept design; The New School, 2016. A notion of a tribe in a contemporary world is that of a group of people with similar views, activities and lifestyle. Members of my imaginative tribe, called the Gaian Guardians, are spiritual beings who care about the environment and preservation and appreciate history and religion as a form of…


Conceptual photography project exploring the ideas of creation and evolution of life forms; The New School, 2016. This photographic project continues the theme of The Gaian Guardians and illustrates the environment, in which the tribe’s members live. My goal was to create an extraterrestrial out-of-this-world image using only my own photographs of real people and…

“The Future Is Uncertain And The End Is Always Near”

Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near – Jim Morrison Thinking about their future makes people anxious. We don’t know what’s going to happen and what to expect. This project  was inspired by The Doors’ song Roadhouse Blues and the Mad…

‘Folk Rock’ Fashion Collection

This collection was inspired by Shocking Blue’s song, Venus (1969) and the culture of the late 60s-early 70s.  Eye-catching and functional at the same time, these looks truly represent the spirit of the folk rock era with a modern twist. Based on my illustration, I’ve constructed and sewn a combination of pants and a top.  The folky floral…

Root for me

Inspired by Pop Art, this print highlights the beauty of the human hand and symbolizes one’s willingness to be closer to nature. One of my main goals for this work was to find different color variations that would make the same images appear completely different and to create an optic  illusion by replacing a section of…

All the World’s a Stage

All the world’s a stage And all the men and women merely players – William Shakespeare   This work was inspired by the Japanese Kabuki Theater and the vibrant life of the Union Square. I took photographs of people on the US and then adjusted them in Photoshop to imitate the style of the Japanese…

Tsohanoai. Print Design

Few years ago, my dad and I went on a road trip to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona. My memories about it are still as vivid as if I saw it yesterday. The air was crystal clear but the mountains were so far away that they seemed to be painted on cardboard. The sun was…

Theodora. Print Design

The Byzantine mosaics are known for their heart-stopping beauty. However, their main purpose is to educate the beholder and uplift her spirit. The Byzantians treated images as text with each color or a figure having a specific meaning. Thus, gold symbolizes the Divine shine, blue – cosmic wisdom, green – purity and freshness, and red – love and…