Ako Zazarashvili is a designer born in Georgia who presently lives in Spain. In spite of his young age he already have an incredible experience. With 24 years old he has already produced three collections. In addition to attract the interest of some of the most influential protagonists of the Spanish fashion’s scene he is truly a talented person who is making something new, fresh, extremely rare and impressive. In his last collection “Herrero de Seda” – which means “silk’s blacksmith” – he suggest a romantic elegance obtained by the fusion of antithetical elements.
The strong passion for his work allowed him to travel to Georgia, spending a lot of energies and money, to acquire the ability of chisel the iron to create wonderful jewelry-garments. His sacred vision of fashion as the best form of art pushes him towards a deep research with magnificent results. The experts in fashion already called him “the new Alexander McQueen”, we will call him a true genius.
The decision of being a fashion designer was very natural, something that started to flow during my childhood until the moment of the beginning of the university.
Of course. The knowledge and the experience always help you to be more confident in what you do. My inspirations are always very different between them, so the knowledge becomes a sort of a useful guide when I have to develop the ideas for my collections.
To do something that you feel in your heart is never a sacrifice. I’m lucky because I’m very happy doing my job and I don’t like to save efforts if the goal is to realize a dream.
I think that the context in which I grew up has always influenced my inspirations in certain way. My mother is a very classical person, who loves the Baroque. I inherit this part of me from her. “Herrero de seda” was something exceptional. The job of my father – who is a jeweller – inspired me to create jewel garments, like “Body”, made with 2.500 crystal pearls or the dress made with metal and set with 210 semi-precious gem stones. I try to transmit the character of my mother through the use of certain materials. The use of the metal indicates her strength; the silks and the muslins represent the romantic and vulnerable aspects of her personality.
I love to mix up drastic, opposite inspirations and from that point on to create a harmony through my vision of fashion.
I think that some of the most important concepts that identify in the better way my work are the volumes of the shapes that I create and the fabrics that I use. For me the fabrics are essential and I work on it in an artisanal way. I used to texture and transform the fabrics I’m also able to touch them even before create them… It’s an obsession!
Nowadays fashion is different form the past. You will achieve advances and improvements by knowing the origins, the starting points of fashion, as the cut, the dressmaking, the design and the different techniques. I had the luck to see the garments of the most memorable age of fashion; I had the luck to have access to the past, to dresses that are more than 60 years old in the case of that of YSL.
For me this was a way of seeing people’s expectations of me. To have people’s confidence is to have responsibility and of course being described as “the new McQueen” was a great praise for a lot of reasons.
At the very beginning I didn’t have many means to supports the learning of designing or sewing. I always admired the creativity of John Galliano, the elegance of Valentino or the embroideries of Elie Saab. I like to aspire to something great and they are extraordinary creative persons and we have to learn from them.