reporter/photographer: Miguel Dominguez
A frequent work of beads, crystals, swarovski and precious stones can be seen in her ‘signature’ items. Patuna's designs frequently take their inspiration from an age of elegance – reflecting 1950’s tailoring and silhouettes. She believes in creating designs that complement and enhance the feminine form. She likes to use sumptuous, flowing fabrics combined with a sophisticated approach to draping
Designer Patuna returned to Couture Fashion Week New York with a highly- anticipated presentation of her latest collection on Sunday September 7, held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square
Known for her distinctive luxurious designs, Georgian-American designer Patuna’s passion for art and her dedicated creativity have attracted a large and growing clientele, who is looking to own Patuna's designs.
Patuna spent her childhood studying and performing ballet, acting, folkloric dance, classical piano, painting, and pantomime. As a teenager she served as host of two nationally broadcast TV programs in Georgia. In 2008, Patuna made a career change from dentistry to her real passion; fashion. Patuna uses her own technique she developed of applying Swarovski crystals to her designs.
Patuna designed a line of baby clothes which was presented in a nationally televised fashion show, as well as swimsuits for all contestants in the famous "Elite Model Look" competition. She designed the cocktail dress worn by Miss Georgia in the Miss World 2009 pageant held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Patuna was a judge in the Miss Georgia 2009 pageant, and designed the swimsuits worn by the contestants. She served as costume designer for a major motion picture in Tbilisi, and also made an appearance in the movie as an actress playing a Georgian designer.