Slavik’s Fashion

Ukrainian photographer, Yurko Dyachyshyn spent 3 years photographing Lviv’s most fashionable homeless

Words by Yurko Dyachyshyn

Slavik’s Fashion is a cycle of photographs showing an unusual fashion collection from the streets of Lviv. Over 100 photographs depict Slavik - a homeless man, who is dressed differently in each picture. The photographs were taken during chance encounters on the streets of Lviv.

Slavik is 55 years old. He is a homeless gypsy but not an ordinary one. His way of life is different from that of other homeless. He does not carry lots of bags, nor does he rummage in the trash cans. He does not talk to other homeless and other gypsies don't have business with him.

Slavik almost never wears the same clothing, which is very strange for a homeless man. Besides each day's outfit change (sometimes twice a day) he changes his hairdo and his beard regularly as well as shaving his armpits. How is this possible for a homeless? He has a hiding place and nobody knows about it. He keeps it a secret.

Slavik roams the streets and asks for change but he is not annoying. He regularly drinks alcohol, mostly beer, but he is not an alcoholic.

It is essential for Slavik that nobody ruins or interferes with his internal peace.

Slavik is the most fashionable homeless in world.

As of January 2013 Slavik has disappeared from the streets of the city. / @yurko_dyachyshyn

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