After Cheryl Cole wore that dress on the X Factor, David Koma shot to fame. Debuting only last year his collection that walked the runway at Vauxall Fashion Scout further proved his design credentials. The show saw a step away from the metallic encrusted dresses that were popular with stars such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce, and focused on strong tailoring in fine fabrics such as pure wool, leather and suede. The models looked professional, the photographers clamoured and Koma can only go from strength to strength.
Stunning collection. Where was the inspiration from this season?
Everything came together quite naturally. I was just playing around and drawing, putting some different lines together. Also, I looked at some amazing paintings and sculptures the Italian Futurists Frotunato Depero and Umberto Boccioni. I wanted to make beautiful clothes that would make girls look stunning with a strange, triangular cut. It creates the effect of something timeless with a modern edge.
You’ve used multi-coloured zips. How does this go from conception to reality?
I really like to play with soft and hard textures. Whilst being sharp, parts of the construction still have round, soft edges. The colours are also experimental – whilst they can be bright, the zip is still fierce.
Where did you receive your design background?
I did my BA at CSM and then progressed onto doing my MA.
I remember, actually, your first catwalk show was really soon after you graduated. What have you learned about the catwalk- has your approach changed at all?
When I first graduated, everything seemed to move quickly. My aim was always to produce a collection I could be proud of, but now obviously I have matured and grown as a designer.
Any future career aspirations?
Working with another design would be a lot of fun: Thierry Mugler, for example. His aesthetic is amazing to me.