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Photography by Alexandra Waespi

Bora Aksu SS14

Alice takes a trip to the Turkish Bazaar in tasseled dresses and sweet cotton collars

Initial reaction:

Alice in Wonderland returns from the Turkish Bazaar.


Aksu’s childhood memories translate through Turkish-tile prints and embroidery.

Stand out look: 

A romantic laser-cut white leather jacket.

Colour impression:

Bursts of fuchsia and yellow followed delicate china blue and white, yet the dresses remained prim: Alice on acid.

Unexpected details: 

Wide embroidered waistbands above gathered skirts evoked aprons and pinafores, while tassel trims on hems and sleeves came direct from Turkish textiles.


China doll pink cheeks, tinted lips and brushed eyebrows, with hair swept into low buns and secured with crystal barrettes.

Most likely to:

Be lusted after on Lolita tumblrs.


Turkish folk music and Beirut’s familiar Gulag Orkestar tunes.

Show delay: 

A twenty minute delay gave show goers time to take in the new seating arrangements of the BFC’s Courtyard Show Space, Somerset House.

Left us wanting:

A wardrobe of white embroidery, starched cotton collars and pinafore skirts.