When you think of fashion week, the usual cities come to mind: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. But Mercedes-Benz (who ended their partnership with New York Fashion Week in 2015) has since explored other cities for fashion week. Such under-the-radar locations include Prague, Kiev, and most recently Tbilisi, Georgia.
Tbilisi is a small city nestled in between Europe and Asia. Although it has a population of only about 1.2 million, the city possesses a rich, diverse, but also convoluted history that spans many centuries. The Roman, Persian, and Russian empires have all ruled over Georgia and subsequently affected the city in many ways. Most palpable is the city’s architecture, exhibited by its mixture of classical, medieval, Stalinist, and modernist building styles. And this melting pot of ideas presides over its fashion scene. Overall, Georgian fashion is hard to pinpoint to just one aesthetic. It’s an amalgam of both traditional and modern styles.