Sunday July 24, 2022

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles

A model displays an outfit from a collection during the World Nomads fashion festival Issyk-Kul 2022. AP

On the shore of one of the world's deepest lakes, high up in Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan mountains, models strutted and sashayed in outfits mixing the ancient and modern at the World Nomads Fashion festival.

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles A Kyrgyz woman lays out carpets in front of yurt, traditional Kyrgyz houses. AP

The event, now in its third year, drew designers and fashion-industry figures from about 20 countries to shimmering Lake Issyk-Kul to admire outfits drawing on Kyrgyzstan's millennia-old nomadic culture.

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles Members of the Russian Folk Dance Ensemble of Adygea perform during the World Nomads fashion festival Issyk-Kul 2022. AP

The stiletto heels worn by some models wouldn't be suitable for a proper nomad, but some of their elaborate headdresses that seemed to mimic the horns of cattle were takes on traditional nomad costume.

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles A model displays an outfit from the collection by Indonesian's designer Akeyla Naraya. AP

Swirling, voluminous skirts featured in many of the outfits, either elaborately patterned or in blocks of vivid color.

Nomad fashion show mixes ancient, modern styles A model displays an outfit from the collection by Kyrgyzstan designer Nazira Talaibekova. AP

Along with the couture, the show offered visitors the chance to see an array of yurts - the wood-framed tents of skin or felt characteristic of nomads - and brightly colored carpets.

Associated Press

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