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About Sergey Ermakov: Ermakov was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1972. At a young age he wanted to be a tailor, influenced by his mother an expert seamstress. The beautiful clothes his mother made had a great impact on him especially during the Soviet Union when everything was gray and dull. At age 11, he was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, losing 95 percent of his vision. Despite his vision loss, Ermakov studied painting and graphic art at The Art School under the Pioneer Place, followed by garment school and lux-tailoring, including The University of Light Industry (a designer-technologist of the garment industry). His work was previewed in 2003 at the Fashion Show for the Cabinet of Ministers. His career transitioned into costume design and theater design producing the collection for the Ukrainian Opera House. His work today still reflects theatrical dramatic design along with understated elegance. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Pride award in the Ukraine.