This week artists from across Europe, reaching as far as the UK and Azerbaijan, met in Tbilisi to take part in the ARTGeorgia festival, a ten day event featuring workshops, seminars, exhibitions and talks across the fields of fashion, film, photography and fine art. The event was initiated by Sofia Tchkonia who also established the yearly Be-Next fashion competition in Georgia, creating unique career placements and opportunities for young fashion designers from Georgia and neighboring countries.
Some of the Be-Next design alumni was also represented in this week's program, amongst others Lasha Devdariani, who showed a new design collaboration with artist Гуга Котетишвили in an atmospheric presentation seen in the picture above.
London guests included Hilary Alexander and Kathryn Ferguson. SHOWstudio was present as part of a two day fashion film initiative which saw presentations and screenings of local and International fashion filmmakers. The program was centred around a talk by SHOWstudio's Contributing Head of Fashion Film Marie Schuller, who introduced the medium to a local audience, as well as a screening of SHOWstudio's latest output, screening Ruth Hogben's Beyond The Glass and Nick Knight's #asif.
The festivities ended with a party at Tbilisi's Cafe Gallery, which saw local ravers dancing into the night in front of Ruth Hogben's Gareth Pugh A/W09 film.