Maison Tatline, 2018, tête, Berlin
"We must also emphasize the fundamental importance of the fact that Tatlin designed the clothes “for himself“ so to speak. He personally supervised the making of the jacket, coat, and suit models in the workshop of the Petrodeshda (from 1924 Leningradeshda Trust „Leningrad - Clothing“), tried them on personally and presented them himself. Thus, he designed the “150,000,000“ * type apparel as if he had designed it for himself. Such a valuation category was essentially democratic. The clothing models of this new type exerted a great effect on the rapporteurs at the exhibition of Petrograd artists when they were presented to the public for the first time in 1923. But Tatlin‘s ideas – like so many others in the renewal of material culture – were not able to break through the intellectual and technical limitations, despite the recognition they often found. Decades later they became a worldwide trend."
* This is a reference to Majakowski‘s Poem 150,000,000, which he wrote in the name of one hundred and fifty million people – the population of Russia at that time - intentionally omitting his own name as author