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Fashion in Motion: Tata-Naka

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May 2002

Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.

Twins Tamara and Natasha Surguladze have christened their dress label Tata-Naka, in memory of their collective childhood nickname. Graduates of Central St Martins, the sisters were born in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union. The newly independent nation of Georgia shares a border with Turkey and ethnic influences are evident in the long skirts and boots predominant in the Autumn 2002/Winter 2003 collection.

Naka specialises in dramatically cut skirts and dresses whose simple and elegant shapes recall the constructivist design of the revolutionary period. Garments are tied and wrapped around the body to move with the wearer and belts slung low across the hips. Tata looks back to Soviet propaganda textile prints of the early 1920s for striking motifs like the hammer and sickle as well as smaller scale patterns in bright primaries. Fabrics are rich, lustrous velvets contrasted with georgette or chunky knitwear. Echoes of the past highlight this range of unmistakably contemporary pieces intended as smart urban classics.

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