Bora Aksu was one of the shows I had the honour to see at London Fashion Week last September, and I really loved his use of traditional craft with a modern edge. Turkish-born, London based designer Bora Aksu completed a BA Honours degree and ma degree in fashion design at central saint martins college of art and design, his stand out collection received a huge response from the press.The guardian quoted his show as one of the top 5 shows in London
Bora was immediately awarded by the British Fashion Council as the new generation designer.
Aksu has been awarded with the top shop new generation sponsorship four times. his collections can be followed in the London fashion week, where he is always one of the most visited.
How would you define your style?
To me creativity is a very sensitive and personal way of expressing yourself. it's almost your unique language to communicate with the world without using actual words
my design language is based in seeking the right balancing point between different weights of fabrics. through cutting, knitting, hand stitching, wood carving or leather ornaments, finding the balance of the garment and making it work is the key challenge.
Which is the most difficult piece to design?
Classic jackets. but then it challenges me and i always make jackets as part of the collection each season. as life challenge us constantly, my design process needs to be challenged as well.
Who or what is your main source of inspiration?
It is mainly my friends who surround me. I love the way they add their personalities to a garment and make it alive. to start a collection i always start out with something very personal like childhood reminiscences. I always mix completely unrelated things to create a collection. i believe in contrast as well, because in real life you always have contrasts. it's very rare in life that everything goes well together.
What area of your work you enjoy the most?
Researching and experimenting has to be my favourite. in the creative process, too much planing doesn't bring freedom. therefore you always need to leave space to be free.
Who is your icon of style and good taste?
Madeleine Vionnet was a women of great taste. her dresses remain timeless.
What are your plans for the future?
When you are a student, you work in such a spirit that nothing really discourages you regarding creativity. i always believe in keeping the amateur spirit within my work. i guess that is my aim: to be able to carry on my work keep the spirit of amateurism.