February 26, 2019

photographs Stefano Della Salda

words Stefan Howarth


Iridescent organza, tulle fabrics and futuristic sunglasses appeared on the runway this season at Bora Aksu, inspired by Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space back in 1963. The collection was an ethereal wonder of new silhouettes, materials and detailing. We saw the softer, often hidden side of voyages in space, with soft pastel palettes creating an almost mystical feel: hues of lilac, purple, pink and green were paired with quieter shades of elegant white, cream and soft blue. Aksu created garments that react to microgravity in a new, fashion-forward way. The combination of soft feminine fabrics and structured shapes add a touch of romance to the strong, bold silhouettes. The astronaut-aesthetic comes to the fore in coats, boxed jackets and puffer jackets, and the avant-garde shaped sunglasses that almost resemble goggles.


Aksu created garments that reflect Valentina’s journey into space while also drawing on the contrasts of her early life, growing up in a small village. Valentina was the daughter of a tractor driver and textile plant worker. She left school to begin working in a textile plant to help support her family. Valentina later insisted that she wanted more out of life. She decided to pursue her formal education and joined a local skydiving club for. Later, after a letter to the Space Centre volunteering for the cosmonaut team, Valentina, who was a woman with little formal education, was selected as one of five women, all of whom were much more qualified than she was. After intensive training, Valentina proved she could make the final cut, and on June 16, 1963, she spent almost three days in space and orbited the Earth 48 times in her space capsule.


In the years to follow, Tereshkova went on to graduate from the Zhuykosky Air Force Engineering Academy in 1969 and earned a degree in Technical Science. She then toured the world promoting science and defending feminism. Valentina is a role model for women throughout the world who are determined to achieve their dreams. A romantic collection with delicate and ethereal fabrications and powerful structured tailoring, enhanced by futuristic space travel influences that push back the boundaries of modernity while remaining essentially feminine and absolutely wearable.



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