Construing Georgian costume in a contemporary climate, Autumn/Winter 2017 revisits David Koma’s cultural roots in a modernist take on the folklore of the Caucasus region from which he hails.
The chokra – Georgian warrior dress – sets the premise for a masculine sense of militaria reflected in a reinterpretation of the fur cape worn as part of the traditional medieval uniform, in llama collars and trims on coats and dresses. A relic from the age of muskets, ornamental mesri cartridge holes typically found on army tunics appear in futuristic adaptations throughout the collection. They are adorned with grosgrain ribbon, metal tube and plexi-glass embellishment in place of customary masrebi bullets.
David Koma’s signature romance with 1960s’ Space Age remains intact, but it is persistently influenced by the folkloric, in the ruffled hems of ankle-length skirts or the exaggerated flair of trousers.