Born in Tajikistan, Oroy Makhtumova has always had an interest for art and design and its relationship with a human’s body and silhouette. The Central Saint Martins Womenswear graduate is constantly looking for ways to express her creativity. Despite the pandemic and the challenges it brought, she managed to showcase all six designs she made. Simurgh – the concept for her final collection – is a benevolent bird in Persian mythology and literature, which initially inspired Oroy during her trip to the ancient city of Bukhara (part of the Silk Road). Through her research she found a manuscript by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar, ‘The Conference of the Birds’, which illustrates a marriage of poetic and artistic imaginations through vivid and lively colours, majestic lines, curves and space. All of this has translated well into her graduate collection. Oroy is open to working at houses that fit her creative style, but would also want to start her own label in the future.

Giovanna Fragata Gama, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism