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SEEN at the catwalk for LFW16: Dilara Findikoglu SS17

Dilara Findikoglu presented her first official Spring/Summer 2017 collection collection at the London Fashion Week last Sunday, just under a year after the launching of her brand.

Dilara Findikoglu presented her first official Spring/Summer 2017 collection collection at the London Fashion Week last Sunday, just under a year after the launching of her brand.

This emerging and transgressive design talent, recently graduated from Central Saint Martin, gets her rule-breaking and punk inspiration from her idol Vivienne Westwood. Dilara uses all her strength and talent to design pieces that try to mirror the political turmoil that her home country, Turkey, is going through these days.

Findikoglu has risen to become one of this year’s breakthrough design talents, known for blending the sensual with the subversive. This season, with a catwalk show titled “Dear Past Thanks For All The Lessons”, she explored the body of a woman and its cultural representation today and through centuries gone by, in a stunning and unusual venue for a fashion show: the exclusive Sunset Strip, one of London’s hottest striptease clubs, located right in the heart of Soho.

This collection took us on a journey from Shakespearian England where the roles of women were theatrically played out on stage by men. With no voice of their own on the stage, their cultural identity was at the whim of the male writers and actors who were free to forge and frame them to their desires. The representation of women in Middle Eastern cultures past and present is another theme explored throughout – the tears of women without independence or power tearing through the garments like screams of sorrow.

Inspiration comes from these voices, and the lives of these women – none more so than that of Çilem Doğan who was jailed in Turkey for killing her abusive husband after he attempted to sell her into prostitution. She was sensationally released, something of a rarity in her native culture where leniency in the law with a male bias is commonplace. The slogan Çilem wore across her chest while being let out of prison becomes the title of this season’s collection – “Dear Past Thanks For All The Lessons”. The lives of these women, their struggle and ongoing fight act as a poignant window into the creative process of Dilara Findikoglu – raw and emotive like the garments she creates.

This season Dilara Findikoglu has collaborated with My Flash Trash on a selection of charms, seen throughout the collection as embellishments as well as on Flash Trash signature charm bracelets. Additionally Dilara has collaborated on prints with tattoo artist Liam Sparkes and on painted graphics with Hetty Douglas and Sezer Arici.

SEEN will be keeping track of this promising new design talent; she has a lot to say with her beautiful garments for young and daring women. It’s good to remind ourselves of the freedoms denied to women in our own and other cultures.
























Photography Federico Ferrari

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