DAVID KOMA | SPRING / SUMMER 2011
The Georgian-born, London-based designer David Koma has been stamping his signature style on his work right from the very beginning of his fashion career. The sculptural, body-conscious dresses characterised by metal tubes and multicolored chains which marked Koma out as ‘one to watch’ have become synonymous with his name- as has his feeling for the perfect form, obsession with exploring innovative techniques and the feminine silhouette.
Having previously studied Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Koma graduated with a distinction in MA Fashion from the renowned Central Saint Martins, the London’s Mecca of the up-and-coming fashion designers. His graduate collection not only won the prestigious Harrods Design Award, but also guaranteed him interest from some of the most influential women in the film and music industry, including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna and Cheryl Cole, who brought certain attention to the designer himself. Each season his collection is also presented to a range of international customers in The London Show Rooms in Paris.
Koma’s SS11 collection is built around the classic ballerina theme, which naturally bears his neat symmetry. There is sheer organza, wool, embossed leather and sections brushed with powdery pink and pale yellow, all with linear edges. There is also flashy gold python and armour-like rectangular panels- the sign of his experimentation with the collection. As well as a pastel palette, Koma has dabbled heavily with monochrome, culminating in a collection that is equal parts pretty and edgy. At 24, with a distinguishable style and rows of influential and faithful fans, he certainly has a carte blanche to experiment.
- Kadanga Jones