The Turkish fashion scene has been gradually grabbing international attention over the past decade. Blending modern designs with homage to the country’s deep-rooted heritage, designers are creating stunning collections that are made for the spotlight - whether you’re on a red carpet or at a high-class party. Here are five gifted dressmakers and two boutiques who create refined eveningwear (abiye) collections, perfect for any special occasion.
Özgür Masur’s ability to combine simple designs with playful twists results in garments that quickly become objects of desire. Masur has several successful runway shows under his belt, including the closing runway show of Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2014, and Istanbul society loves him for his bold color selections and extravagantly embroidered gowns. The designer’s evening wear targets Femme Fatales, sometimes adding a touch of masculinity and playful details. Ihlamur Yolu No:11/5, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 233 06 78
Since her first haute couture runway show in 2002 and as the first Turkish designer to present a collection in Paris Haute Couture Week, Dilek Hanif has long been a prominent name in the Turkish fashion industry. Her designs draw inspiration from this country’s heritage, blending these with futuristic elements to produce one-of-a-kind garments. Dilek Hanif carries both a ready-to-wear and a couture collection. Maçka Caddesi No.37/2, Teşvikiye; T: (0212) 219 37 23, www.dilekhanif.com
Whether it’s a wedding or red carpet, Özlem Süer has got you covered. As soon as you enter the historic building of Süer’s flagship store in Nişantaşı, fashion welcomes you. From her ready-to-wear collection, confident and chic women’s shirts and skirts as well as elegant dresses stand out. Her avant-garde couture collection, often described as experimental and neo-romantic, explores untouched territories ands blends them with romanticism. Büyükçiftlik Sokak No.12, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 240 57 38
Having worked with huge names like Jill Stuart and Hussein Chalayan, Begüm Salihoğlu has mastered the craft of fashion. Featuring predominantly on ready-to-wear collections and wedding gowns, the designer’s flagship store in Nişantaşı. Always one step ahead of the current trends, the young designer’s bespoke wedding gowns are quite popular both in Turkey and around the world. She has also prepared collections for Turkish ready-to-wear clothing brand Roman. Valikonagi Caddesi No.81/5, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 287 36 82, www.begumsalihoglu.com
With three years of experience with Donna Karan under her belt, gifted designer Elif Cığızoğlu and her creations are fast becoming favorites for Istanbulites. Her rise to fame was helped when her designs we seen on Beren Saat and Nebahat Çehre on popular TV Show Aşk-ı Memnu. Her designs highlight the feminine power of femme fatales, featuring geometric cuts. Teşvikiye Caddesi No. 178/3, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 296 00 12
Established by Eda and Seda Yenigün, the duo identified a niche in the local market and began offering wardrobe rental and sales. They have compiled a range of unique female pieces from some of world’s renowned designers, such as Tom Ford or Ellie Saab, along with local brands like Raisa&Vanessa. There is also a selection of purses and accessories that help add that much-needed finishing touch. The three-day rental prices for designer wear are a fraction of an evening gown purchase. You can also reserve the outfit of your choice for a particular date with prepayment, which can then be shipped to any location in Turkey.To ensure the fit, you can try the garment on at the showroom or select outfits and bags from the comfort of your own home via their online catalog. Love how you look? Many of the pieces are available for purchase as well.
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Come here for stylish dresses that no one else will be wearing. How? Buy a dress to wear at a wedding, and they will note it down to prevent selling the same piece to another guest attending the same wedding. İstinyePark Shopping Mall, İstinye Bayırı Caddesi No.73, İstinye; T: (0212) 345 57 47