By Laman Ismayilova
Famous Azerbaijani designer Gulnara Khalilova will present new collection devoted to the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku on May 12–22, 2017.
The designer has found an original way to raise young people's interest in their roots. In her collection, Gulnara blends folk and modern motives.
“Modeling and fashion design is one of the great areas for reviving traditional decorative-applied arts and progressive way of developing distinctive national trends in contemporary culture,” she said, adding that the new collection will feature Azerbaijan’s national ornaments.
This collection will not be the first work of Gulnara dedicated to sporting events.
In 2015, her collection was presented in London as part of Baku 2015 European Games.
She also designed costume for Azerbaijan's 2013 Eurovision representative Farid Mammadov and created hand panel with the official mascots of the EuroGames.
During the opening of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Champion of the European Games Ilham Zakiyev was in national dress, created by the designer which was a novelty in the history of the Olympic movement.
Gulnara Khalilova, the head of the Center of National Costumes, is a frequent guest of international fashion weeks. She is the two-times winner at Eurasian International Fashion Festival "Silk Road" held in China.
Her works are also very popular among Turkish public figures, representatives of culture and art such as Ajda Pekkan, Emrah Erdogan, Beyazit Ozturk, Soner Sarikabadayi, and others.