Tatiana`s origin and early life are almost unknown to large public. She was born somewhere in Germany, in Soviet occupation troups` garrison. In her youth she worked as model in the USSR central fashion agency in Moscow. Becoming actor and film director Nikita Mikhalkov’s wife, Tatiana, stayed under the shade of her famous husband for many years and it seemed as though she didn’t want to appear in the public eye. However, in 1997 Tatiana Mikhalkova created a fashion center and became its president. Her “Russian Silhouette” project was aimed towards helping young models and developing local clothes production. The “Russian Silhouette” contest is non-governmental and is not based on commerce. It brings designers from the CIS and Baltic countries together offering them the chance to show themselves. The best fashion designers are chosen from different cities and countries and are invited to the exhibition in Moscow. They are then given opportunities to study and pursue their careers. The main prize is not the money, but rather the opportunity for young fashion designers to sell their own products and teach in well-known fashion homes.