The world of analog photography never ceases to amaze, which is why we continue to explore it in our original series 36 Frames. For the latest entry in the series, we enlisted fashion photographer Julien Boudet to give us a firsthand look at Tbilisi outside the city's dedicated fashion week. Read his account below.
“I was invited to Georgia for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi. Along with the other international guests, we stayed five days in Tbilisi where we were taken to a traditional Georgian ballet show (very impressive), attended all the fashion shows at MOMA and a couple other cool locations, went to some crazy old school hip-hop parties…I really had a great time there.
Once fashion week was over, a few of us traveled to Kobuleti (four hours by car) near Batumi, Black Sea resort and port city. We stayed at the Georgia Palace Hotel, a beautiful 5-star hotel right next to the beach. We drove to Batumi and visited an Orthodox monastery on top of a mountain where I was asked to remove my cross earring in order to get inside - they take religion very seriously there, no fashion allowed!
Overall, I saw a lot of interesting shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi; if I had to name a few of my favorites it’d be Atelier Kikala, Bevza (from Ukraine), Eloshi, Matériel and Bessarion. Demna Gvalasia’s influence was pretty obvious in some collections, but in a way it makes sense since the fashion scene isn’t that big - yet. There is definitely a big potential in Tbilisi, especially with its soviet architectural heritage that is truly inspiring and its unique and ancient Georgian culture and traditions. I’m looking forward to going back there next season.”
Be sure to check out our last entry in the 36 Frames series, a glimpse of South African streetwear babes.