‘It was the golden age of the grotesque – art, sex and death… It involved the birth of androgyny, Claude Cahun, the cabaret culture, and a lot of symbols and signs in the way people dressed.’ Challenging classical tailoring by playing with exaggerated proportions and textile fetishes – Nikita’s way of imbuing the decadence into clothing – cropped jackets with broad shoulders and oversized sleeves matched with baggy, high-waisted trousers feature. Alongside, sheer turtlenecks and an armless leather overcoat ‘seductively’ reveal the wearer’s skin underneath. Black, white and cream are prominent colours in a restrained scheme chosen to capture the ‘dreamy and surreal’ photographs taken of Berlin a century ago. After graduating, Nikita aspires to establish his own fashion brand. Seeing clothes as an exoskeleton he will continue to design them as a form of counterculture, garments specifically created with himself and his society of friends in mind.
George Elliot, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism