Bora Aksu, iconic star of the March 2016 Première Vision Istanbul campaign, reveals his vocation and the work of fashion designer.
My aim in design is to be a perfectionist, which requires tireless efforts on improving a design over many many times. For me the ability to cut the cloth to produce abstract and complex shapes brought to life through experimentation and imagination is what my design language is based on.
I think people born with different gifts but its up to us to nurture it, keep it or abandon it. When your gift becomes a passion you don’t even think of it because you cant help doing it. I guess that was the case for my illustration path. I love it so much that I don’t know how would it feel without having it. To me fashion illustrations could only be a guideline to the mood of the fashion design but they cannot be a literal description of what the garment going to look like. That’s the beauty of the process as there is room to develop and also there should be room to have accidents. I usually illustrate the outline of the collection as a starting point but I don’t religiously follow it as I prefer leaving things to evolve organically.
And also during the design process I usually have random accidents that turn into great design ideas and that’s also why i need room to be free.
But saying that the fashion illustrations are very important to set the mood;
When I am designing I usually do a few quick sketches in order to freeze the first initial idea. Then I might put everything in a drawer for a while and just forget about it. That way, when I do get to it later, I’ll be able to evaluate the idea with a clearer, more objective eye. This way I’m not taking a chance on beginning a design while I’m still caught up in the excitement of that first ‘inspiration. These sketches happen randomly months and months before i start designing a collection. I like to add as much as possible and then edit and consolidate ideas.