Georgia: Fashion Beyond Vetements Or A View From Within

“Do you know that Georgian has one of the oldest indigenous alphabets? It is not part of any group, singular.” My conversation partner is tireless and adamant when it comes to defending Georgia’s uniqueness as a greenhouse for cultural fusion as well as a regional epicenter for winemaking. Ketevan Bochorishvili is the ‎Vice Minister at Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, and the scene is an afterparty for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi at famous Funicular restaurant. Right place at the right time: the mountainous country and its capital are becoming the latest fashion industry success story. Following the arrival of Georgia-born designers Demna Gvasalia and David Koma on major international runways, all eyes are on this small nation nestled at the centuries old intersection of east and west.