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DESIGNER OF THE DAY DAVID KOMA

The Designer DAVID KOMA with his models Backstage at his London Fashion Week SS20 Fashion Show

DAVID KOMA

David Koma is a Georgian born, London based fashion designer who has become synonymous with the ultra body contouring silhouette. Creating sculptural statement dresses inspired by the feminine form, it is this design element that has projected the young designer onto the international stage.

From 2013 – 2017 David held the position of Artistic Director of Mugler. 

DAVID KOMA CUTOUT DRESS
DAVID KOMA SS11'
DAVID KOMA SS15'

After studying Fine Art in St. Petersburg and showing his first collection at the age of 15, Koma moved to London in 2003 to take up a place at the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. It was here that he channelled his love of fashion and honed his design skills to create his signature look. He completed his BA in Fashion Design and graduated with a distinction in MA Fashion in April 2009 under the mentorship of the late Professor Louise Wilson, OBE. 

Straight after graduation David Koma launched his eponymous label and is a participant of London Fashion Week.

DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA BACKSTAGE SS20' Behind the scenes at David Koma Show Plexiglass Black Cape Mini Dress
DAVID KOMA BACKSTAGE SS20' Plexiglass Embroidered Flounce Dress with Triangle Cut Outs and Raffia Trim
DAVID KOMA SS20' Leather Bra Detail Dress with Cotton Skater Style Skirt and Zig Zag Cut Outs
DAVID KOMA SS20'' Modeled by @giuliamaenza_ Photography by @sonnyphotos
DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA RESORT SS20'
DAVID KOMA RESORT SS20'
DAVID KOMA SS15'
DAVID KOMA AW19'
DAVID KOMA SS20'
DAVID KOMA AW20'
DAVID KOMA SS20'

For Spring 2020 David Koma took us on an exclusive safari trip. The designer works in the old method of singular inspiration and variations on a theme, taking a trip to Kenya as the jumping-off point for his collection of elaborate beadwork, sequined fringe, and raffia ruffles. He went so far as to make jewelry and belt buckles in the shape of zebras and rhinos, leaving last season’s butterflies and ruffs in the past. There’s nothing quite like watching a model powerfully strut by in a sequined, zebra-stripe catsuit at 10 a.m. on a Sunday. Amplified by the dozen women in crystal cocktail frocks in the front row, it was a sight to jolt even the most passive, dismissive viewer out of the real world and into the world of fashion. It’s there that David Koma thrives. It’s this devotion to a motif that can make Koma’s work lean too heavily into costume, resulting in collections that exclusively provide the sort of party frocks intended for post-10 p.m. life.

David Koma RTW Fall 2020 Photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
Backstage at David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
Backstage at David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
Backstage at David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020
David Koma RTW Fall 2020, photographed in London on 15 February 2020

David Koma’s experience of London typically has less to do with the kind of dry wit Brits are known for and more to do with a catty kind of poshness and glamour. But he tried his hand at the former on the runway today with an irreverent collection that saw the designer put his twist on all things traditionally London, a welcome addition to his cocktail-centric oeuvre. Where Koma was most exciting was in his experiments into casualwear, including flight jackets, shrugged on knits, and rainy-day gray denim. These were clothes that looked comfortable, easily translating his full-on fashion fantasy into daywear. Koma’s not done with sexing it up, but now his velvet-boned corsets are made of stretch. Where Koma thrives is in his construction; his bustiers and corsets are so tight and curved they function as a second skin. No wonder they’re a favorite in Hollywood. We’ve seen pleiades of stars dressed in his designs all around the world and he does makes them sparkle & shine.

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