Georgian Lessons Addendum #4: Fashion And Style
Well I thought I’d finished this Georgian series, but I realize that I had forgotten about my many observations on Georgian style and fashion. While traveling to Europe on this same journey I was struck by both the similarities and differences in Georgian street wear as well as traditional clothing. Tbilisi also has started to achieve something of a reputation in the fashion world in the last few years. I met photographer Mariam Sitchinava who gave me her somewhat bemused observations on the scene. But really it was just observing with my own two eyes that gave me much to ponder. (There will be many images in this Addendum because I didn’t feel like dividing it in two.)
Let’s start with traditional Georgian fashion.
Let’s look at a few older theatrical costumes, very much in traditional Georgian style, yet quite elaborate. These are all from the Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography.
Now let’s observe the street and see what typical Georgians are actually wearing today. Obviously they are not living under a rock. European and American influences are to be found. Jeggings have arrived. As has the revival of the late 80’s ripped jeans, originally started by the Hippies, also adopted by the Punks. Later turned into acid/stone washed faded denim monstrosities of the late 80’s.
More interesting are the mid-length coats, almost cloaks, that women wear. (It was March and April.) And then there is the Georgian color palette, which is unique. Black predominates. Followed by mono-toned gray through beige. With the only major color sticking out being red. It gave things a serious tone, unlike the rather frivolous feel of, say, a stroll through Times Square. Denim blue feels like a recent addition. And occasional other colors seep into various accessories.
I am sure that Georgia has much to teach and inspire in the future of fashion. Tbilisi is a place to keep your eyes on. Well I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Georgian culture. There was much more to say… but obviously this is enough for now.