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Louise Wilson OBE

In Memory

Words can not express

The Fashion Swatch Book

BORA AKSU features in the most comprehensive sourcebook of fashion fabrics ever produced

The Fashion Swatch Book by Marnie Fogg and published by Thames and Hudson features fabric designs by more than one hundred of the world’s top fashion designers and brands and over 1,100 images.

The huge collection of swatches reproduced in this book ranges from the creations of historic fashion houses famous for their heritage textiles to examples by contemporary designers working at the cutting edge of technology.

The book features step-by-step factory photoshoots of the processes involved in the production of fashion fabrics – digital and screen printing, discharge printing, knitwear, hand embroidery, hand weaving, jacquard weaving, lace – offering an invaluable insight into the world of fabric manufacturing today.

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London Fashion Week Beauty

For the Autumn Winter 2014 London Fashion Week show we continued our great relationship with AOFM Pro. Yin Lee joined the team as Lead Artist for the second season running creating the delicate , fresh and romantic look using Mehron Cosmetics. The models flawless skin was achieved using Dermalogica.


London Fashion Week hair

For the Autumn Winter 2014 London Fashion Week show we were delighted to once again partner with KMS California on hair. Heading up the team was lead stylist Liam Curran who channelled the inspirations behind the collection into this delicate catwalk creation.


London Fashion Week

The BORA AKSU London Fashion Week AW14 invite has just been posted. The full inspiration of this seasons design will be unveiled at the show.


The ideas ahead of London Fashion Week

A big part of the London Fashion Week show is the hair and make-up - the completion of a concept.

Here is part of the mood board presented to our lead session stylists for the upcoming show. We are delighted to be working again with Yin Lee on make-up and welcoming Liam Curran on hair.

Always thankful to KMS California and AOFM


Let us fly together into 2014

Happy New Year

Happy Holiday

Wishing everyone a fantastic holiday

Mumbai Muses

Last week the team traveled to beautiful Mumbai to showcase a special edited collection. Colours, lights, atmosphere, heat and real lives were inspiring. You can see more on the BORA AKSU Facebook or Instagram accounts.


Isabella Blow

This autumn, Somerset House, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, will present Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, a major fashion exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art.

The exhibition will showcase over a hundred pieces from her incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by Daphne Guinness.

20 November 2013 – 2 March 2014


Everyone needs a little relaxation. When he is not in his design studio Bora Aksu can normally be found at an easel clutching some oil paints. Resurrecting is old hobby you can see all his latest portraits on Instagram @bora_aksu



Dive right into Bora Aksu’s pictorial mind and follow his personal Instagram


The BORA AKSU studio is itself a blank canvas. From the ceilings and stairs to desks and windows you are never a few yards away from one of Bora’s sketches. No matte how many times people visit something new will always catch your eye. We may have to start rationing the pens and paints.

Anna Piaggi

22 March 1931 - 7 August 2012

“It’s so sad to hear of the passing of Anna Piaggi. To me and millions around the world she was and will always be one of the great fashion icons. Fashion has lost a little of its sparkle today.” Bora Aksu

Elle Style Award

Bora Aksu Designer of the Year

Bora Aksu is named Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in Turkey. Thank you!


Cecil Beaton captures beauty in war

Cecil Beaton is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers and designers. His glamorous photographs of royalty and celebrities projected him to fame but his extraordinary work as a wartime photographer is less well-known.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Information in July 1940, Beaton was the longest serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War. He travelled throughout Britain, the Middle East, India, China and Burma and captured a world on the brink of lasting change.

Now see this amazing work at the Imperial War Museum.


So much material so little time

With so many avenues to get your fix of fashion and culture it’s sometimes overwhelming. While a worlds worth of magazines, blogs, freezines and ezines await you a few always keep us going back for more.

We remember when the first preview issue of Used landed on our desks in 2011. Its size was instantly appealing and backed up with fantastic and innovative shoots. We love it to this day.

If you are looking for a blog that combines fashion, art, photography and interiors but with a hefty dose of journalism then head to 1972projects. Aside from the great content it’s the writers obvious knowledge and passion for the subject that shines through. It’s like going back to when fashion journalists where just that, journalists who routed for and researched the story.

Girls and Boys is a heady mix of beauty and lust. As they say ‘‘It’s about posters, crushes, icons and fantasies’’ and it’s certainly a crush of ours. To top all their splendor you may recognize their cover girl above from a certain autumn winter 2012 London Fashion Week show.



Nature has always been a source of inspiration for painters, poets and of course designers.  From animal prints to florals, nowhere else can one find a more bold and innovative offering of colour, pattern and texture than in the natural world.  It is no wonder that the natural environment continually captivates and teaches.  Fashion designers return again and again to draw ideas and themes from the ingenious forms to be found here, and nowhere else do we see utility, purpose and beauty so perfectly combined than in the animal and plant world.
“Consider how the lilies grow.  They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”



With the huge popularity of the American series “Mad Men” and the much anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” coming soon, we take a look at the iconic images of male fashion spanning the 1940s-1950s. Nostalgia for a sleeker, more stylised male image has inspired a renaissance in male grooming and mens’ fashion harking back to this period.


V&A Exhibition of British Glamour

To celebrate the re-opening of its Fashion Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibition of ballgowns from Britain dating from the 1950’s and spanning 60 years.  The style of dress, associated with high end formal occasions and red carpet events, was worn by women for social, dancing engagements, taking its name from ballroom dancing. Traditionally, debutantes would make their “debut” into society, dressed in long white gowns with matching white elbow length gloves. The exhibition runs until January 2013.


Bora Aksu partners Mark Fast

We are teaming up with our London Fashion Week friend Mark Fast for an amazing sample sale. Prices start at just £10 with discounts of up to 80%. Come and visit us on 23 May (8am-8pm), 24 May (9am-6pm), 25 May (9am-6pm) at 162 Milligan Street, London, E14 8AS, opposite Westferry DLR in Westferry Studios.



Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter, came to the world’s attention as part of 70’s rock group Fleetwood Mac. One of it’s principal singers and writers, she was also an inspiration live. On stage Stevie Nicks would perform and dance in specially designed outfits, which took their inspiration from a variety of themes and styles; ballerina meets gypsy or enchantress meets Californian rock chic.



Gloves date back to antiquity, but it was during the 13th Century that ladies began to wear them as essential fashion accessories.  Queen Elizabeth I began the vogue for wearing jewelled gloves and from the late 1600s onwards, scented gloves became the new favourite. Often made from leather, the gloves, for both men and women, would be imbibed with scented oils, such as musk. During the 18th Century, Marie Antoinette’s personal perfume maker, Jean-Louis Fargeon, created for the Queen customised perfumed kidskin gloves, which were treated with almond oil, white wax and eau de rose, flower scents, nutmeg and then allowed to absorb and dry out on rose petals.



Unapologetic and striking, the female trouser suit has come to represent the meeting point between strength and glamour. 
Made popular by Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn, fashion visionary Coco Chanel and female daredevils, such as the pilot Amelia Earhart, the trouser suit has reached iconic status and many celebrities still continue to enjoy experimenting with this highly creative and adrogynous look.  What is the appeal? Perhaps, merely, that it allows femininity and boldness to coexist.



The role of fashion in performance has always been crucial.  During the late 1800s two women purposefully went against the fashions of their day; eschewing high collars and corsets and instead choosing to perform in loose, flowing fabrics, which caught the light and allowed them to move freely about the stage. Loie Fuller, a performance artist, famously designed outfits which allowed her to use lighting to spectacular effect and Isadora Duncan, a free spirited modern dancer, wore light silk tunics delicately dyed, evoking the spirit of Ancient Greece. Both women caused outrage for their attire but paved the way for change in the fields of performance and women’s fashion.



Remembering the iconic photographer Eve Arnold, who passed away earlier this year. The diverse photographer, whose subjects included Malcolm X, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe and documenting the every day in life, said of her career:
“What drove and kept me going over the decades?... If I had to use a single word, it would be curiosity.”



More reliable than any catwalk as an expression of trends and cultural changes the work of Bill Cunningham is legendary. The 80+ New York Times photographer has been documenting the streets and high-society soirees of the city for decades and is now celebrated in film. Bill Cunningham New York is an moving and inspirational tale documenting a man that has no time for prestige or celebrity but lives to find colour and creativity in the world.



Proving Iris Apel is not the only heroine of advanced style this blog chronicles all those wonderful people who just don’t give a ...

We are in awe.



With more than 400,000 images from the best creative talent over generations we can’t think of a better way to spend hours, days, weeks.

Marilyn Monroe:


If like us you really enjoyed the highly acclaimed film ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and you feel like you want to see more we would highly recommend ordering the book ‘Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis’, which is out now. The book boasts stunning photo’s from every period in Marilyn’s life and charts her rise from catalog model to one of the most famous fashion idols in history.

Image: Richard Avedon



Hilary Alexander talks exclusively to Bora Aksu for Vogue’s Online Fashion Week.

Festive Films

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

As Christmas approaches there is nothing better than watching a seasonal DVD. However, if you’re a bit tired of the old classics, ‘Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale’ is the perfect antidote. Inspired by Finnish folk tales and set in remote Nordic mountains, co-writer/director Jalmari Helander creates a world where Santa is evil and the result is ‘a cross between The Thing and Miracle on 34th Street’.

Quote from Mark Kermode. Read the full review



Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history. The exhibition explores a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture.

Runs until 19 February 2012



If you find yourself in Istanbul head for the Spice Bazaar. Above the hustle of the crowds and intoxicating aroma of the offerings you will find the world famous Pandeli restaurant. While the food is an obvious draw the maze of 50 year old decorative tiles is where your camera will be firmly fixed. Image from



RIP Corinne Day – a fantastic fashion photographer and a real loss to the fashion world. Some of us at BORA AKSU thought we would honour her memory by visiting the Gimpel Fils Gallery, which is currently exhibiting some of Corinne’s work.  It was truly an excellent exhibition that charted highlights of her career, including the work she did in the 1990’s with the then teenage Kate Moss. Corinne’s skill in capturing the laid back, un-posed Kate Moss launched Kate’s career with Calvin Klein and to see the famous Camber Sands photos up close was wonderful. The exhibition is well worth a look and is on from the 1 September-1 October 2011 at Gimpel Fils, 20 Davies St. London W1K 4NB.



Fatima is one of our many lovely studio mannequins; we like to think of her as guardian of the kitchen. A chef at heart, Fatima is quite a weighty lady, previously owned by a photographer who lived near by. When the photographer left he was unable to carry her so she was adopted by BORA AKSU Studio, and now she overlooks the kitchen, in her glamorous lace turban.



It was like entering a world of magic, we all agreed, as we walked around Kensington Palace. We were there to view the dwellings of seven Princesses at the current ‘Enchanted Palace’ exhibition. Whilst we were there we got lost in the secret stories of these princesses, which were told through the rooms they stayed in. I think the most enticing story was that of the rebellious princess who ran away from an arranged marriage.

The other part we really loved was the story of the tear catching bottles. Queens who had lost their children captured their tears in glass bottles. The theory was that as soon as the tears evaporated, their grief and sorrow would disappear.

We loved this highly magical and enchanting palace and think it’s definitely worth a visit. Tickets can be purchased at Kensington Palace or purchased in advance, either online or by calling 0844 482 7799 (from UK) or +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK).

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