Discover Bora Aksu‘s Spring Summer 2018 womenswear collection, inspired by the Turkish first contemporary female artist Lady Mihri Musfik, presented on Friday, September 15th, during the ongoing London Fashion Week.
“In a collection dedicated to Lady Mihri Musfik, Aksu creates garments that reflects this life. Musfik’s aristocratic roots were intertwined with a bohemian existence, mirrored in the ‘kutnu’ fabric – a hand-woven textile woven in the hand looms of Gaziantep, south Turkey. The composition of silk and cotton dates back to the sixteenth century and the fabric was the symbol of nobility and power in the Ottoman Empire. It was mainly used in the kaftans of sultans and emperors, while today, it’s produced by a small group of craftsmen determined to keep the tradition alive.
The combination of soft feminine fabrics and structured shapes adds a romantic, but bold silhouette. Much of the detailing is directly inspired by Musfik’s early wardrobe, with a layering effect created by recurring embroidery in graphic lines and shapes – all of which update the Ottoman aesthetic for today’s runway.“
All images courtesy of Spring London.