MIAHATAMI


Winner of the second prize in the prêt-à-porter category of “Who Is On Next?” 2016, Narguess Hatami, returns to Rome to present “Shahrazad”, her Spring Summer 2019 collection, at the Cinecittà Studios.

The revolution continues – and this time women are in the spotlight. Narguess Hatami, the founder and creative mind behind the Miahatami brand, has decided to dedicate her new Spring/Summer 2019 collection to the women of Iran. Persian women – extremely feminine, mysterious, elegant, irresistible, sophisticated and yet very simple, just like the heroine of “One Thousand and One Nights”, the daughter of the Persian king Shahriyar who, betrayed by one of his wives, systematically kills his brides at the end of the first wedding night.
Our protagonist one day decides to offer herself as the next bride of the king and, in order to stop the slaughter, puts her plan in motion: every night she starts telling the king a fairy-tale, postponing the end to the following night and thereby preventing her execution. This goes on for “one thousand and one night”, at the end of which the king, who has fallen in love, spares her life and learns the moral of each story, realising he had become a real murderer of women simply because of his first wife’s betrayal. The king therefore decides to marry his beloved and grant his kingdom peace and prosperity.
The new collection is meant to celebrate change and the shift from prohibitions to freedom, representing women as icons, mothers, workers and lovers. The dresses are characterised by clean and ample lines, which, almost chaste at first sight, hide, in fact, pure sensuality in folds and splits. Foulards, which today are often used to hide women’s beauty, are transformed into colourful, see-through veils that cover nude skin to create dresses and skirts that softly and harmoniously follow every movement of the body, step after step.
The knots on skirts and dresses draw inspiration from the way dancers used to tie skirts on their womb, creating ‘waves’ that wrapped around the female body. The overlaying of different garments and fabrics, taking hint from folk clothes, has been reinvented to create a sophisticated and very feminine style.  
The collection is indeed extremely refined, in both forms and details. The fan-shaped folds, the braided patterns and front twists, the knots and fringes enrich every single garment, turning each of them into a unique piece, almost a sculpture. The delicate sequin relief embroideries, in their turn, form geometrical shapes reminding of ancient Persian woven fabrics, while the prints representing historical palaces – reinterpreted in new forms and colour shades – make this collection truly special and extraordinary.    
The designer continues her search and keeps experimenting with innovative material combinations (silk and linen among fabrics, crêpe cotton and transparent nylon in knitwear), creating a very captivating mix. The final result epitomises Miahatami women: more sensual than ever, fascinating and self-confident, elegant and sophisticated, mature and ready to tackle the world.

Miahatami
Narguess Hatami, the creative soul of the brand Miahatami, was born in Teheran in 1981. After earning a scientific degree in the Iranian capital, she choose to continue her studies in Italy, bringing with herself and in herself the heritage of an ancient culture, a valuable and incredibly refined one. She joined the Faculty of Humanities of the Università degli Studi in Bologna, following the Degree Course in Culture and Techniques of Costume and Fashion and from here, she develops her passion for fashion, made of style and elegance, also mixed with her connection with art. Then she takes her first professional steps in different fashion house like Paola Frani, Massimo Giorgetti and Marco Morosini. This series of experiences decidedly articulated and full of training in the fashion field, lead Narguess to make the decisive turning point that comes with the FW 15-16 season, the year in which the Miahatami brand was born, a brand of clothing and accessories designed for women. Narguess offers the public a global project of style that bears her name, or rather, her surname preceded by the word “Mia”, which underlines how much this project really belongs to the designer and fully reflects her aesthetic beliefs, her roots and know-how she has matured over the years. The brand refers to an approach to fashion with a well-defined identity that aims to be a meeting point between the Middle East and European design. The result represents a perfect multicultural mix, with a style conceived in the logic of well-dressing, which reveals in its DNA a marked multiculturality and, at the same time, a sartorial accuracy that makes each piece a sort of project. The attention paid by the stylist to the most innovative works on the material, recalibrates and declines to the present the magical kaleidoscope of colors, patterns, embroideries, images and charms that come to us from ancient Persia, from the legendary Silk Road. A perfect multicultural mix.