LFW Bora Aksu AW18/19 – Transformative identity

It´s the time of the year when London Fashion Week is in town again and the designer Bora Aksu keeps astonishing the public with his inspirational ladies. This collection is devoted to the real-life heroine, Margaret Ann Bulkley.

It is a fascinating story about Dr James Barry – born as Margaret Ann Bulkley 1795-1865.
Going against the grain of Georgian society, she chose to live her life as a man to be accepted as a university student and become one of the most respected military surgeons of her time, working throughout the British Empire to improve the medical care of the lower classes. The secret of her identity got revealed only after death.

 

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Bora Aksu uses his creations to tell stories about remarkable individuals who changed the word in their own way. This theme can be noticed throughout the collection – soft and frilly tulle gowns in pastel colours, which the designer is known for, alternate with traditional tailoring.

 

 

The muse´s male persona is represented in structured pinstriped tailoring and jackets with big shoulders – yet softened by the use of smooth velvet material.

 

 

The result is a modern mix of romantic feminine dresses combined with the masculine touch with a distinct personality.

 

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