Tara Byakko is Finnish origin awarded Prét-à-Porter and Couture fashion designer, creative pattern developer and editorial stylist.
She learned her couture skills the French way in prestigious, discipline ESMOD Paris (founded in 1841) and innovative, pioneering ESMOD Tokyo. She chose women's wear as her specialisation, and graduated in 2010 with the highest grades of her specialisation (18/20 French Academic Scale). Her graduation collection won the Coup de Coeur grand prix - award chosen by the professionals of Paris fashion industry and she was a finalist in PODIUM young fashion designers competition in 2011. She recently was chosen to be one of the Succeed in Fashion 2015 designers to showcase a catwalk collection in Palais de Tokyo Paris. Tara has also appeared in the very first French version of Project Runway US TV-show - Projet Fashion - on D8 channel in Canal+ France.
Currently based between London and Paris, Tara's client base includes well known fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, McQ, Victoria Beckham and Mulberry, to name a few. She also works with her own labels Tara Byakko and Studio Byakko.
Her extravagant signature style involves a mixture of old and new - nostalgic but avant-garde. Her designs play with contrasts between glamour and Punk, beautiful and disturbing, dream and reality. Her objective is to be elegantly provocative. Tara does not pay attention to the trends: her focus is on creating meticulously crafted couture pieces that represent a fantasy realised. Tara Byakko has been named as one of Not Just A Label's "revolutionising young fashion designers" on their famous Black Sheep-list.
Her main inspirations are strong historical women such as Queen Elizabeth I, Madame de Pompadour, Duchess of Devonshire, Countess di Castiglione and Cleopatra. She is inspired by surrealist and expressionist art, her ancient Karelian roots, punk movement, twisted folklore fairy tales, poets such as Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath, baroque churches and classical music.