When it comes to high fashion, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your clothes. Using your creativity can be enough, and that’s exactly what happened with this man named Slavik, and that sparked an unexpected interest for this homeless fashion icon. He’s been dubbed Ukraine’s most fashionable citizen. He was known for wandering around the city of Lviv in a different outfit every day. These weren’t just regular clothes though. He had his own sense of style. He used items that he found in shelters or even in the garbage, and made them his own. While visiting Ukraine, photographer Yuko Dyachyshyn discovered Slavik. For over two years, Dyachyshyn would take photographs of Slavik and his fashionable outfits. He called the project, “Slavik’s Fashion”. Here is a sneak peek at this unusual portfolio.
Nobody knows the story of Slavik. He became good friends with Dyachyshyn, but never revealed his past.
He was often found walking around Lviv with either a cigarette in his mouth or a bottle of beer in his hand.
Because Dyachyshyn was able to spend so much time with Slavik he did come to realize that it was possible Slavik had some type of mental handicap, but he wasn’t sure exactly what it was.
When asked about Slavik, Dyachyshyn said, “Slavik says that you should care about health and keep away from those who could ruin your piece of mind… Slavik still has a sense of beauty, style, and fashion and his suits are not random. It is not accidental that he changes them every day, adjusting them carefully to weather and season.”
Unfortunately in January 2013, Dyachyshyn lost contact with Slavik and he hasn’t heard from him since.
Dyachyshyn decided to continue on with the project, but changed it up a little bit. He started a new project called “Slavik Super Star”.
“In order to appear on the cover of a magazine (even if you are a celebrity) you have to get into trouble or die. Immediately everybody recalls all your merit, achievements or sins and for a few days, weeks, or months you are a star,” reflects Dyachyshyn.
He started to create fake magazine covers where Slavik was featured. He used magazines like Vogue, Elle, and XXL to create amazing covers.
Some of these look too real, while others you can tell he made himself. I hope wherever Slavik is, he’s able to make contact with Dyachyshyn soon.
This has turned into quite the project as you can see above, with Dyachyshyn lining up each picture of Slavik to the magazines that fit the best with his style.
You can see all of Dyachyshyn’s work on his website HERE. He really spent a lot of time with Slavik and hopes that he will resurface at some point soon, and who knows, maybe he’ll land that high fashion modeling career.