Bora Aksu's London Fashion Week Show Paid Homage to a Very Famous Suffragette
Bora Aksu has a tendency to turn to unusual and inspirational muses when creating his collections, and this season was no exception. Princess Sophia Duleep Singh became president of the Suffragette Fellowship after Emmeline Pankhurst's death, and it was her dual lives as a figurehead in this movement and as the daughter of a Maharaja that inspired this collection.
The clothes themselves had a prairie-like quality with tiered skirts, sheer fabrics, gingham, and soft pastel hues that paid homage to Princess Sophia's early life as a cosseted young aristocrat. Darker colours signified the determined, powerful Sophia of later years. The suffragette wardrobe was given a nod with hats, button-up blouses, and long skirts, worn with sash-like scarves, cuffs, and sleeves embroidered with messages of "love", "peace", and "freedom". Despite the fact that Singh lived almost 100 years ago, the messages feel just as poignant now.