Tata Christiane

...an absurd and disturbing vision of beauty

Tata Christiane is a fashion and costume label founded in 2007 by Julie Bourgeois and Hanrigabriel. Combining the theatrics of their work for the theatre and their innovation in fashion design, Tata Christiane creates collections that realise fantasy. What is brought to the stage is brought to life in a wearable, extravagant fashion. Tata Christiane likes to involve all artistic fields in their work to create multidisciplinary material; to be worn, seen, felt. Tata Christiane proposes an absurd and disturbing vision of beauty, with decline, maladjustment, extravagance and immoderation. Being neither a concept nor a futuristic vision of society, it plays with the borders of elegance and bad taste, digging up our old memories, recycling the waste of our civilisation and becoming a monomania, a machination and a monstrous and sublime unique piece. Tata Christiane could have been a punk, if she was not also an ambiguous queen, a one-eyed flautist, a Gypsy woman and a street child.

Nothing inspires me like…
The things that surround me; the books I read, the texts I listen to, the places I visit and the landscapes I cross, as it is a weft of a novel or poem, made by the various materials, at first a vague impression which defines itself little by little by the pieces I elaborate on as a meditation. The tribal aspects of clothes, the facts and signs of tradition, accumulation, pragmatic and usual things touch me a lot, as well as the secret of the appropriate codes in the community which adorns itself with it. I particularly like the documentary work of photographer Phyllis Galembo.

I enjoy my irrational incomprehension confronted with the strange and mysterious beauty. I hope to, little by little, build an imaginary map (cartography) of a parallel aesthetic world, where somebody would like to travel. I hope to continue collaborating more with various artists. I hope to make people smile an internal and self-charming smile. I hope to contribute to the fiction of the world.

Cultural influences…
My main clauses and regular influences are my readings and the memories of my readings. I have obsessions with travelling, certain painters, the opera and musical movies, as well as with the urban street itself and some persons who are sort of intimate muses.

I got where I am…
By musing during my education; the horizon which lines the sea and the will to lift mountains hand in hand. Because of my family and my really close friends. Because of internal devils, the will to express what I, as of yet, don’t understand but which are here in the form of so many friendly ghosts.

I hope that…
I am the confrontation of the internal life and the world in which I live. Of the gap.

Fashion can sometimes…
Put me in a really deep emotional state of mind when the relation and the dialogue between the detail and the whole amount to something spectacular. It's an impression of shape and colour which can catch you by surprise at first, then the discovery of the piece itself tells you its story in all the fractions. Clothes are something that we touch with our hands and we can observe where other hands settled to make them. For me, it is a show of the miniature and of the great.

Cake makes me…
Think that, most of the time, I prefer spicy pepperoni, pizza, green tomatoes in vinegar, olives, flan without cream, lemon and capers. Smoked salmon, dried tomatoes, and what I can buy on the market.

Did you know…
That chameleons have specialised cells, collectively called chromatophores which lie in layers under their transparent outer skin. The cells in the upper layer – called xanthophores and erythrophores – contain yellow and red pigments, respectively. Below these is another layer of cells called iridophores or guanophores, and they contain the colourless crystalline substance, guanine. These are particularly strong reflectors of the blue part of incident light. If the upper layer of chromatophores appears mainly yellow, the reflected light becomes green (blue plus yellow).

A layer of dark melanin contained in melanophores is situated even deeper under the reflective iridophores. The melanophores determine the 'lightness' of the reflected light. These specialised cells are full of pigment granules, which are located in their cytoplasm. Dispersion of the pigment granules in the cell grants the intensity of appropriate colour. If the pigment is equally distributed in the cell, the whole cell has the intensive colour, which depends on the type of chromatophore cell. If the pigment is located only in the centre of the cell, the cell appears to be transparent.
All these pigment cells can rapidly relocate their pigments, thereby influencing the colour of the chameleon.

I leave east...
I started from Marseille, South, then I moved to Tübingen, then to Freiburg, then to
Paris, then to Berlin East... I get kind of the same feeling in Berlin East like in Marseille: kind of strange. I like the space here, the feeling of the space and the absence of the picturesque and cute. Somewhere in the East.

I like…
Making music with my partners, doing projects all the times. I like to make clothes by hand, from the beginning to the end, as a meditation and as a game. I get the feeling that I'm always doing something...

I have never...
Been to Iceland, Hawaii, Tahiti, Moscow. I would like to go there. There are many things that I have never done... So many things to do and so little time.

Studios make me…
Feel happy. I spend most of my time between the fashion studio and the music studio. I guess they make me feel really good.

My dreams…
Are to go on a big tour for one year with my band, and design a collection while on the road, collecting fabrics from the markets wherever we travel. This way, I'd love to do a big collection which is a collection of the travels, a Cadavre exquis, a Cadastre exquis, and to produce all the pieces by hand while travelling and in-between playing concerts. I would like to document that on video and to do an exhibition at the end.

If I could…
Do costumes for Björk, Fever Ray, the opera, I would really be delighted. Also If I could do the tour.

My mum…
Taught me how to create something with a crochet needle when I was 12 years old. I never did fashion school. So I started like this and I'm still doing pieces with the crochet needle. My mum was a little bit worried when I left my literature and philosophy studies to do fashion and music, but now she is happy about it...

The earliest memory...
I never think about it, so now I will try to connect myself to it. Right now everything seems to be coming at the same time. Maybe I have maybe to wait until the phenomenon of
Madeleine de Proust comes to me and lets it appear in my mind.