The words "fashion" and "freak show" don't usually come up in the same sentence. But the latter inspired the former for Yekaterina Burmatnova, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York
Burmatnova is the winner of a costume contest sponsored by "American Horror Story: Freak Show," the FX series whose season ends Wednesday.
When organizers put out the call for entries in September, they were looking for designers with an "eye for the unusual." Burmatnova showed that she had that asset, coming up with a Gothic costume design that involves caged birds and a mask.
For her efforts, Burmatnova won $5,000 and the opportunity to fly to New Orleans to meet the show's costume designer, Lou Eyrich, who was one of the contest judges, along with "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano and FX President of Marketing and On-Air Promotions Stephanie Gibbons.
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Jan. 20, 4:55 p.m.: An earlier version of this article identified Stephanie Gibbons as a producer. Her title is president of marketing and on-air promotions for FX Networks.
The design has been handcrafted into a real costume, and a photo of a model wearing it is being featured in the show's social media channels, including its Facebook page.