Let's start with the incomparable Sophia Loren, photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, November 1966 issue.
|Sophia Loren in a spectacular ikat coat that she found in Moscow in 1965|
On her first visit to Moscow in 1965, Sophia Loren discovered Uzbek ikat quite by chance. She was so fascinated by the beauty of this textile, that she took some ikat pieces of clothing back to Italy. She wore this coat for the Vogue photo shoot and Avedon's images created a sensation in the modern European fashion world.
Below is Rudolf Nureyev lounging in his apartment on Quai Voltaire, Paris. (Architectural Digest, 1985). Nureyev was famous for his collection of carpets and antique textiles.
|Rudolf Nureyev in his apartment on Quai Voltaire, Paris, 1985|
Bjork performed in ikat with matching makeup!
|Bjork performed in ikat with matching makeup!|
Kristen Stewart went to the MTV Spoilers in this *rocker chic* ikat look by DKNY.
|Kristen Stewart in *rocker chic* ikat|
Emma Stone wore a Fendi ikat frock to a premier of Spiderman.
|Emma Stone in a Fendi ikat frock at a Spiderman premier|
Cameron Diaz, on the set of the film The Other Woman in New York, is wearing an Altuzarra crepe de chine ikat print dress.
In the Soviet period ikat crepe de chine was very popular in Uzbekistan. It is still possible to purchase vintage, unused yardage - let me show you when we are travelling together.
I wish all Uzbek Journeys clients, and readers of this website, a wonderful 2019 full of adventures. And I certainly hope there is a little piece of ikat in your New Year's Eve outfit.
|Cameron Diaz in an Altuzarra ikat print frock|
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