London based Turkish designer Bora Aksu received his first acclaim when he graduated from Central Saint Martin’s MA in 2002. Hailed as ‘the star of the show’ by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent, Bora’s collection also attracted the eye of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna who purchased pieces to use as inspiration.
His debut off-schedule show took place at London Fashion Week in February 2003. A resounding success his debut was named ‘one of the top five shows’ by The Guardian and subsequently led Aksu to receive the NEWGEN Award placing him on the official London Fashion Week schedule the very next season. In total four consecutive NEWGEN Awards were given to Bora who remains on the official London Fashion Week schedule.
Through his career he has developed a very distinct signature. Romantic but always with a darker twist his demi-couture pieces are full of elegance, intrigue and seduction. During his career Aksu has collaborated with international brands and organisations like Topshop, Nike, Converse, Anthropologie, Absolute, Dali Institute , Premier Vision and Design Museum.
He has also created costumes for signers like Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Tori Amos; while dressing stars like Elle Fanning, Marion Cotillard, Poppy Delevingne, Erin O’Connor, Keira Knightley, Dove Cameron, Eleanor Tomlinson, Lucy Boynton, Ophelia Lovibond and Sienna Miller for film junkets.
Bora was invited to Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to British Fashion Industry in 2010. During the Autumn/Winter 2012 season, Bora Aksu's first handbag collection was released with exclusive styles in Harrods. Bora won the designer of the Year award at the Elle Style Awards in Istanbul in 2012. In 2015 Bora Aksu was chosen as one of the iconic fashion designers by Premier Vision Paris.
Bora Aksu's flag ship store opened in Beijing in 2015. The stores followed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau and Paris. Now total 12 Bora Aksu stores have opened in the Asia Pacific region. New stores will be opening in Singapore and Korea. Bora Aksu stores will be opening in Europe and the United States in the near future.