Fashion in Motion: Tata-Naka

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world.

Twins Tamara and Natasha Surguladze christened their dress label Tata-Naka, in memory of their childhood nicknames. The sisters were born in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, before moving to London where they graduated from Central St Martins and launched their label.

Naka specialises in dramatically cut skirts and dresses with simple and elegant shapes recalling the constructivist design of the revolutionary period. 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 primary colours. Ethnic influences from their native Georgia and neighbouring Turkey are evident in the long skirts and boots which dominated their Autumn 2002/Winter 2003 collection.

Catwalk highlights

Fashion in Motion: Tata-Naka, 2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Background image: Fashion in Motion: Tata-Naka, 2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London