Structure and texture are central in Romina's work and she is known for her innovative cutting techniques and a Bauhaus aesthetic, inspired by her love of architecture, nature, costume and the human anatomy. Her garments are highly seductive with an inspired mix of sensual fabrics and strict lines, redefining geometry and shape. The silhouettes are partly fluid, partly structured with fine detail that aspire to a timeless quality. At a first glance her work may seem futuristic but if you look at it carefully there are always echoes from the past. The designer also creates her own original prints and has a zero waste approach when it comes to design using her surplus fabrics to create abstract one-off garments. She describes her design philosophy as technical discipline combined with creative freedom.
Romina was born in Athens in1977 and moved to London in 1995 in order to study Art & Design and Fashion. She is a Central Saint Martins Alumni and worked at leading British designers and brands before launching her line in 2005 at London Fashion Week.
Besides London her collections were presented at PRET-A-PORTER Paris, WHITE Milan, AFW Russia, OZON's 4FashionShake and AXDW Athens.
Romina Karamanea has been featured in publications including the100 New Fashion Designers book, Vogue, Marie Claire, L'Officiel, Elle, Vision, Surface, Grazia, Dazed and WWD while the collections were carried at progressive boutiques such as B store, Marchine - A, 127 Brick Lane (London) Gallerie De Vie (Hong Kong), Studio Avra (Athens).
In 2010 Romina was short-listed for both the Innovation Award and the Fashion Fringe Award and she became a contributor to Nick Night's SHOWSTUDIO.com
Hilary Alexander has mentioned Romina Karamanea in Daily Telegraph as one of the Top hottest London brands while Late Isabella Blow gave praise and mentored her.
Romina's designs have been spotted on Sister Bliss (Faithless), Viktoria Modesta, Kelis, Susanna Lau (Susie Bubble), Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Jodie Harsh, Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes), Alexandra Burke, Jessica Hart , Kay Tse and many more.
During her London years the designer has taught at the Architectural Association School (AA), the Morley College and Central Saint Martins while also receiving a Lifelong Learning Certification for teaching from City & Guilds.
In 2014 Karamanea decided to relocate to her hometown Athens and in 2016 formed RK FASHION SCHOOL