Aigerim Akenova is a contemporary designer working with fashion (AIKEN brand), textiles and concept design development (TEXSPIRE consultancy). Her recent works have focused on cultural identity. Her fashion brand AIKEN translates the nomadic spirit of discovery into uniquely refined designs that celebrate the infinite power of individuality and lifelong journey. Always bold, memorable, and intuitive, AIKEN expresses a keen technical appreciation toward textures, color, and form.

Aigerim lives and works in Astana, Kazakhstan, where she has recently accomplished a globally-scaled project for International Expo-2017 by creating and developing the core concept for the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan.

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Aigerim has graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design Moda Lab Milano for Fashion & Textile Design (2006-2009), has got an exchange student scholarship to study at FIDM, LA (2008) and has been chosen to showcase her thesis collection on the runway in Milan. She is a recipient of a grant from “Commune di Milano” for her MA degree at “New tech.style design” which she received in 2010 in Milan, Italy. 

Aigerim has made several runways at MBFW Almaty (RUNWAY SS17 / RUNWAY FW17/18) (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) and MBFW Astana with her brand AIKEN.

Aigerim has been featured in:  Kazakh TV - Women LeadersKazakh TV - Expo 2017 - National PavilionL’OFFICIELHarpers BAZAARBuro24/7 - “We run New York” special editorial projectBuro24/7 - AD campaign AIKENBuro24/7 - best FW17/18 collectionsBLVD MagazineTengri Magazine - in-flight magazine at AirAstana - national airlines of Kazakhstan and  Vogue Italia

During her residency at the VAR program, Aigerim plans to research sustainable solutions in textile & fashion and develop 1st seasonless womenswear collection by AIKEN, breaking the rules of the industry that encourage fast & unconscious fashion. In her concept design, she explores feminine identity and aims to empower women.

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