Irene Mikaela Häggkvist
Irene is a 32 years old Helsinki based fashion designer. She studied fashion design in the University of Lapland graduating as the Master of Arts in 2012. She has also graduated from the Istituto Marangoni Milan-campus as the Master of Fashion design in 2009. In 2009 she also won the first price in the Swarovski Crystallized contest in collaboration with Istituto Marangoni and the outfits were presented in fashion shows in London, Paris and Milan. Her works have been in Italian and Finnish Elle, vogue.it, Haute Couture Collezione and Wallpaper, where she was on the Wallpaper Graduates Directory 2010, which presents the most promising design graduates around the world.
Irene has designed a haute couture collection under her artist label IreneMikaela, known for her use of materials like wood, reindeer horn, reindeer leather and Swarovski Crystals. She also designs for graphics and collections for different artists and companies, one to mention Rovio. She has also designed a jewelry collection for Kultakeskus using wood and silver.
Currently she runs her artist label IreneMikaela, doing designing, lecturing and consulting in fashion. She has been teaching fashion and fashion history for several years. Irene is also the founder of House of Horses, new equestrian brand www.houseofhorses.fi