Less than two years after graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fashion – and a distinction of course – the previously unknown David Koma has almost become a household name. It all began shortly after graduating, when he received the prestigious Harrods Design Award that was presented to him at London Fashion Week. The previous year’s winner had been Christopher Kane, so in hindsight it was obvious that Koma was destined for fashion superstardom.

The awards didn’t end there, with him also winning the Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Merit Award just six months later, persuading Browns Focus, the luxury London retailer for women, to buy his entire collection. Displayed alongside brands such as Balenciaga, Jil Sander and Alexander McQueen, it wasn’t a bad place for an emerging brand to start off.

So what makes Koma’s designs unique? Well to begin wit, they are exactly that – unique. Nowhere else will you see the same ruffles or trims crafted from metal tubes that quickly became his signature look. From the neon brights of spring to the stark contrast between silver metal and black fabric that he favoured last winter, his innovative technique sculpts and shapes the garments into new silhouettes that have something of the space-age about them. Fashion is always evolving however, and come 2011 he decided to leave the tubes behind and recreate the same structured effect by other means.

At his Autumn/Winter 2011 show at London Fashion Week he showed a little black dress with wide ruffled sleeves and a ruffled arch on the skirt made from gold zip edging; in New York he scrapped the metal entirely and used prints to give the same sculpted look to his designs. The dotted prints were cleverly placed to accentuate the body, highlighted by neon fur embellishments.

Unsurprisingly, he has gathered a celebrity following. From the outlandish dress sense of Lady Gaga to the A-List glamour of Beyoncé, his creations suit every woman, provided she has the confidence to wear them. While the latest collection is his best yet, proving that he is far from a one-hit wonder, if you loved his original metal-tube designs there’s still a chance to get hold of them – he recently teamed up with Topshop, whose previous collaborations include Jonathan Saunders, Celia Birtwell and Mark Fast, to produce a capsule collection of bodycon dresses and tube skirts with metal trims. With his name being featured in more and more fashion spreads every month, you might want to get your hands on one quick before they sell out.

David Koma uses cleverly-placed dots to enhance the hourglass illusion of his designs at New York Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter 2011.

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