Fashion Week in Almaty

by Nathan Hamm on 5/28/2005 · 6 comments

Almaty is in the midst of Fashion Week. The two photos below appear to be, far and away, the most normal examples of fashion on hand.

I’m serious. Some really weird stuff. I guess Kazakhstan isn’t all that different from the rest of the world.

I guess these next two aren’t so weird. I mean, the one on the left looks like it was the winning entrant in a “dress like a flapper mauled by bears” contest. The other one, also from Dinara Sadovaya, looks like what I might come up with if I was trying to make a dress to look like a cake painted by Van Gogh.

I don’t know what the idea was on the left. Disheveled business formal with a giant fur? And on the right, I think that designer Aynur Auezova has struck upon a novel idea for the woman who hates men staring at her chest. Add to gigantic flowers under the armpits. Brilliant.

Straight from Baikonur, something for the spacewoman who still wants to show a little skin.

The above was from Uliya Moldagaliyeva. As you can see, she hates necks and obsessively covers them.

Or maybe not. Dear God, that dress is like 50% collar.

Wait a minute. I get what Uliya’s going for. Rejected Star Wars costume ideas.

Really though, I do like the one on the left. It’s kind of cool on artistic grounds. I also like the way it kind of blends some traditional elements with a matador’s cape attached to one arm. And I like how the one on the right goes for some Islamic modesty with a fancy, barely-open bag on the head, and complete and utter immodesty in about every other way. My goodness, I just noticed that the bag has its own sleeve. I think it’s incredibly close to what a group of pre-teen D&D players might come up with.

Sexy cavewoman. Nuge would approve.

Hmmm… The steppe punk look. Interesting.

I don’t know what this is all about. It kind of has a military surplus/thrift store feel. She’s also got kind of a spirit tree thing going on in her hair.

I’ve got nothing for this one. Something about it kind of scares me though. For some reason, it reminds me of the nightmares I had as a child about a mannequin that wanted to kill me.

All things considered, everything above is better than what goes on at Minsk fashion shows.

Prior Central Asian fashion is available here.

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Robert May 28, 2005 at 6:27 pm

Very metrosexual Nathan 😉 One thing is different from western fashion shows though: some of these girls are quite voluptuous!

La BellaDonna June 3, 2005 at 9:47 am

I found you courtesy of The Manolo (kindly host to all things fashionable, and fashiongod of

I am stunned by the inventive horror of it all. Central Asia has produced some of the most breathtaking fabrics and garments in the past, wonderfully embellished, and here, I see … I see … I see dead things. I see outfits that wouldn’t have passed muster at Star Trek conventions thirty years ago.

All that brocade, embroidery and fur, and this is the best they could come up with?

Thank heavens for Oscar De La Renta, who pays homage to Central Asia and produces clothes that women can actually wear.

Steve Bodio June 11, 2005 at 12:18 pm

I just was catching up on my back Registan and saw this, which was so funny I linked to it on my blog. It helps me explain the delightful schizoid spirit of Almaty to my friends,who persist in seeing all of Central Asia as being like Bayaan Olgii in Mongolia.

rohit singh December 2, 2005 at 10:35 pm

hi guys , i myself been from fashion industry was keenly interested in knowing more about fashion in kazakastan , it was awelcome site to know about the fashion industry in almaty
i would love toget more ideas about the retail stores and fashion brands available in almaty.

mohetaer December 26, 2006 at 2:04 am

come on kazakhstan. it is nice,the appreciets from xingjian china.

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