Monday, March 16, 2020

Fashion of Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today - Tashkent Exhibition

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Catalogue from the exhibition Fashion of Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today,
published by the Islam Karimov Foundation. Cover photo of
Hilola Sher's minimalist design.

When art historian Binafsha Nodir and contemporary artist Bobur Ismailov collaborate on an exhibition, the results are always sensational.

Their latest exhibition, at the Tashkent House of Photography, Fashion of Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today, is dedicated to the history of the fashion of Uzbekistan from the mid-twentieth century to today.
 
The exhibition is designed to promote the cultural and historical fashion heritage of Uzbekistan and the creativity of modern designers.

The exhibition comprises two areas. In the first hall, the exhibition is dedicated to the history of Uzbek fashion from 1960-2000. It presents photos, clothes, sketches and magazines of the time.

Time to dust off those notions of drab Soviet fashion - look at these pieces from the 1960s and 1970s.

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A collage of Tashkent symbols of the early 1970s

Bell bottoms in Tashkent, 1970s!


Tashkent super model Leyla Khodjaeva wearing an extravagant ikat gown, 1984

The second hall is dedicated to modern fashion in Uzbekistan. Here collections of six contemporary designers, drawing on shapes and designs from the 60s, 70s and 80s are displayed: Saida Amir, Taisiya Chursina (label Tais & I, Zuhra Inat (label Moel Bosh), Hilola Sher, Lali Fazylova and Markhamat Umarova (label Maru).

Their collections are displayed on both sides of a runway. So visitors can play model and sashay along the runway, viewing the clothes. Images of their designs are below.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Islam Karimov Foundation. It is open daily, except Mondays, until 30 March at the Tashkent House of Photography,  from 10:00 to 17:00. The Foundation also produced the catalogue.

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Ikat mini inspired from the mod 1960s - Moel Bosh

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Markhamat Umarova took inspiration from the 1960s.
Her designs are famous for the intricate cut.

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Taisya Chursina's take on the voluminous shapes and silhouettes of the 80s

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Saida Amir's intricate detailing on her hip hop inspired collection

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Lali Fazylova's designs
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