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London Fashion Week 2017: Bora Aksu's Collection Inspired By Suffragette Princess Sophia Dunlep Singh

Princess Sophia Dunleep Singh campaigned with Emmeline Pankhurst.

17/02/2017 17:44

At London Fashion Week, Bora Aksu unveiled a collection inspired by an often unsung feminist icon.

The designer, who is known for his dark romantic aesthetic, drew on the history of Princess Sophia Dunleep Singh, who campaigned for votes for women alongside Emmeline Pankhurst and was known for having a love of high fashion.

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Princess Duleep Singh, second left, and others collect funds to help soldiers at the front during the first world war.

The autumn/winter 2017 collection, shown on Friday 17 February, featured ruffles, lace and bonnets tied primly under the models’ chins.

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The Bora Aksu London Fashion Week show 17 February 2017.

“I have searched for a naive style for my collection,” Aksu told the Daily Sabah.

“Children’s clothes generally look loose and that is what I have tried to show in my collection.”

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The Bora Aksu London Fashion Week show 17 February 2017.
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The Bora Aksu London Fashion Week show 17 February 2017.
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Princess Dunleep Singh was Queen Victoria’s goddaughter. She was often seen selling the ‘The Suffragette’ newspaper outside Hampton Court Palace.

She belonged to the Women’s Tax Resistance League, whose slogan was ‘No Vote, No Tax’.

However as author Anita Anand explains in the book ‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary’, due to her position and royal connections the princess was never sent to prison.

“Despite her best and repeated efforts, Sophia never managed to be sent to prison, and therefore was denied her chance to go on hunger strike and her place in the pantheon,” Anand wrote.

“Not even when she threw herself at the prime minister’s car would the police and courts punish her as they punished others of lower rank.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see more of the Bora Aksu London Fashion Week February 2017 show:

Bora Aksu Autumn/Winter 2017
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