Blending modern designs with homage to the country’s deep-rooted heritage, Turkish designers are creating stunning collections that are made for the spotlight — whether you’re on a red carpet or at a highclass party.  Here are five gifted dressmakers who create refined eveningwear collections, perfect for any special occasion.

Özgür Masur

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

Dilek Hanif

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

Begüm Salihoğlu

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

Elif Cığızoğlu

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

Özlem Süer

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

Gülçin Çengel

With 3D patterns being among her signature design details and biggest craftsmanship strengths, Gülçin Çengel designs for a woman who is much like herself: strong and confident, but in need of further endorsement. “The motto of my brand is to empower women,” Çengel says about her work. 6. Gazeteciler Sitesi Menekse Sokak No.55, Akatlar; T: (0212) 265 46 33