GEORGE BEZHANISHVILI

...sculpting and decorating the human body

Born and raised in Tbilisi (Georgia), George commenced his architecture studies after school. He quickly realised that sculpting and decorating the human body was far more interesting than the creation of buildings: “After a while (actually after a very short time), I decided that I would rather build small buildings on the human body, instead of creating high skyscrapers.” With support from his family, he left his hometown and applied to the renowned fashion department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Everything happened really quickly, he says, suddenly he found himself in the class run by Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho, and now he is in his final year before graduation. From October George plans to start working on his graduate collection, which he presented in June 2011.

In these past five years, I have experienced so many things in my life, numerous changes, being on my own, fighting for my work, new friends who became almost like my family, and all this has influenced my personality in a very strong way. My menswear collection is inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s triptychs, nude figures and tremendous fruit and birds, nature and the emotions surrounding them, punishments for the various types of sinners.

Nothing inspires me like...
My friend Franziska Fürpass. She is part of my work and life. It is an amazing feeling having a woman like her next to me. P.S: and films by Sergei Paradjanov.

I hope...
That all is going to work out fine, and in the meanwhile, I keep working in order to be able to see the results one day.

Cultural influences...
Are very inspiring and interesting to me. It’s like a mirror for a designer, they can be reflected in work.

I got where I am...
Because of my goals. But I think I still need more time to understand where I am. I need to design more, I think.

I scream when...
My fashion show is over. It is the most amazing feeling I ever had. You get rid of all the emotions built up beforehand, then feel empty for a while before you start collecting emotions and feeling them again.

Money makes...
Me creative, because I always have the problem of not having any. So I spend my time trying to find alternatives and different solution to develop and finalise my collections.

Cake makes me...
So happy! The most amazing cakes which I ever had were made by my friend Franziska and my mum. And I love French patisserie.

Creativity comes from...
Big love, from everyday life, from walking in the city, observing the people on the streets, watching them in Vienna’s cafés, the way they live, how they behave and how they combine the clothes with the weather or with their mood. I love to walk through the city on my own, especially when I am designing my collection. I think of people as real-life models and I want to create garments for them. It is all very fascinating for me.

If I could...
I would travel around the world. Starting in India and ending the trip in Africa.

I have never...
Designed an overall.

Love is...
Everything human beings create and express in different ways. I think it doesn’t matter which religion you believe in, all religions are based on love, so just follow your love…

My goal...
Is as big as establishing my own fashion house under the name of George Bezhanishvili one day!

My mum...
Is another important inspiration for my works.

I love getting older...
I think it is very nice to get older, because every period of your life means a new chapter and part of your life. Getting older means progressing.