There are some very successful designers from all around the world, including Turkey. Would you like to get to know the Turkish dress designers who combine their creativity and knowledge of design to enhance the world of fashion?
Here are the best Turkish fashion designer for you and more.
1. Cemil İpekçi
Cemil İpekçi is a world-renowned fashion designer. He completed his education at the Royal Academy of Arts in England and in 1965, aged just 17, he took up designing. He founded his first fashion house at the age of 20 and, at 24, opened a branch in Nice, France. Cemil İpekçi combines traditional Turkish motifs with designs inspired by the Ottomans and his designs display some of the most beautiful details of Turkish history. Ipekci lives in Istanbul and is regularly seen on TV fashion shows or as a judge in design competitions. In 2006 he designed clothes for street workers working in Beyoglu Municipality. Later, he designed clothes for the bagel sellers and chestnut sellers in Beyoğlu.
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2. Müge Ersin
Müge Ersin applies the principles of paper marbling to the fabric in the clothes she designs under her brand, Nammu. Ersin presents artistic, colourful, feminine designs which appear fluid and effortless by design. Müge Ersin currently lives in Istanbul and her new designs are available for all to see.
3. İpek Kıramer
Colour, romance, sports and charm are the signatures of İpek Kıramer. In addition to her Haute Couture designs, Kıramer, who draws attention with her underwear designs in New York, comes to the fore with her IK Young Body brand. With her Young Body designs, Kıramer promotes dynamism and comfort as she believes that life makes more sense when combined with happiness. You can buy the clothes designed by İpek Kıramer from her store in Etiler, Istanbul.
4. Atıl Kutoğlu
Born in 1968, Atıl Kutoğlu entered the world of fashion at a young age with an internship at Vakko and Beymen. After completing his studies in Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics, he began his career in fashion design in Vienna. He attended fashion weeks in Vienna, Munich, Düsseldorf, Milan and New York with his collections bearing traces of Turkish and Ottoman art. Famous figures such as Alek Wek, Elizabeth Jagger, Jermaine Jackson and Alexandra Richards have appeared on the catwalk at Atıl Kutoğlu’s fashion shows. He opened his first store in Nişantaşı in 2009 and in 2013 was awarded Austria’s Order of Honour. Among his famous customers are Austrian princesses Camilla von Habsburg and Francesca von Habsburg, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Elizabeth Jagger. Atıl Kutoğlu for whom ministers and artists from all over the world are clients, currently lives in Istanbul.
5. Nedret Taciroğlu
Nedret was a fashion-loving young girl when she graduated from Mimar Sinan University’s Department of Interior Architecture. Mimar Sinan University is one of Turkey’s most important art academies. Long before her graduation, at the age of 17, she participated in the International Young Girls Competition in Tokyo and was chosen as “Miss Photogenic”. This was her introduction into the rich and vibrant world of fashion designers. Nedret’s fashion reflected the disciplines she learned in interior design education such as light, cold and continuity of design. After she founded Nedo her designs suddenly became famous. In 2002 her Nedret Taciroğlu Couture range was devoted solely to evening wear. The designs incorporated delicate fabrics such as lace, chiffon, organza and silk, and the ornaments she used added extra elegance. Her enchanting designs are refined, romantic, dazzling and sophisticated, and are a hugely popular choice for evening wear. Nedret Taciroğlu attended the Pret-a-porter Fair in Paris in 2004 and the Cotorier Fair in New York the same year. In 2006 she took part in Milan Fashion Week with her designs inspired by Turkish Tile Art, creating a new wave of interest in her home country. Nedo opened its first store in 2012 and began designing cocktail and party dresses alongside traditional evening dresses. Over time her shops in Paris, New York, Dallas and Houston became important names in International fashion, design, production, and export of handmade leather garments. Nedo’s fame saw her recognised by Nancy Reagan, wife of then US President Ronald Reagan. The First Lady asked for an 18-piece collection from Nedo and was so enthralled with it that she became a loyal customer.
Other world-famous names who love Nedo’s designs include Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, TV star Michelle Hunziker, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Victoria Swarovski, Amanda Holden, Pixie Lott, Angela Bassett and Kylie Jenner. You can see Nedret Taciroğlu’s designs in the Zorlu Centre, Beymen. Or browse the Nedo website and shop online.
6. Raşit Bağzıbağlı
Born in 1985, Rasit Bagzibagli knew at the age of 12 that he wanted to be a designer. After learning his craft he released his first collection aged 22. He was named Best Young Designer in Turkey in 2010, after which he moved to New York where he received the accolade of Best Promising Young Designer in the Face of Fashion competition. This established him in the fashion map and in 2013 Bagzibagli was commissioned to design the police uniforms for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and created corporate identity logos and emblems. In 2014 he received the Fashion Designer of the Year award at the FTV awards. He has exhibited collections at Istanbul Fashion Week since 2015.
Rasit Bagzibagli started to design pret-a-porter products in 2017. He founded the “Rashid” brand. Apart from couture clothes, he also released a wedding dress collection made of luxury, hand-embroidered fabrics. Rasit works predominantly in fabrics such as taffeta, silk and satin. The point where Rasit’s designs and fabrics meet is elegance. Rasit Bagzibagli’s latest project is designing clothes featuring the hijab. Bagzibagli, one of the top brand names in hijab fashion, thinks women should always be stylish and his designs create a self-confident and strong female image. Rashid has worked with celebrities including Paris Hilton, Doutzen Kroes, Yolanthe Cabau and Petra Nemcova. You can see his collection at the store in Levent District in Istanbul or at the Emaar AVM store in Üsküdar. Or can visit the website for online shopping.
7. Bünyamin Aydın (Les Benjamins)
European and Asian cultures mingle in Turkey and contribute to the creation of many beautiful works of art. Les Benjamins offers design examples which show off this cultural fusion. Bünyamin Aydın was born into the textile industry and combines creativity with knowledge of textiles. Bunyamin founded Les Benjamins in 2011, originally designing only t-shirts. Since then it has become a brand synonymous with collections of men and women clothing. Bünyamin Aydın creates a synthesis in his designs by overlapping eastern and western cultures. There is a multicultural style in his designs. Les Benjamins stands out as the first Turkish brand to present at the 2016 Milan Fashion Week and 2017 Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Les Benjamins addresses the East-West relations, developed through conflicts, in his fashion designs. Every product tells a story.
Bünyamin Aydın was one of the twelve designers called to Portland to help design the new “Air Max” models produced by Nike in 2017. In 2018, he was awarded Fashion Designer of the Year by Esquire Magazine. Bünyamin does not fall into stereotypes, he creates innovative designs using modern techniques and enriched with accessories. He believes that products which have a military or police element to them help people to feel strong. For this reason, he frequently uses these accessories in his designs. Many celebrities wear Les Benjamins. Bunyamin also collaborated with global brands such as BMW, Besiktas, Hennessy, Nike, Apple and Alpha Industries. If you want to buy Les Benjamins products, the store is in Teşvikiye. Click for the website.
8. Rufat İsmayil (Afffair)
Rufat Ismayil was born in Baku in 1981 and studied diplomacy at the insistence of his family. After school, he worked as a model at the fashion shows of famous designers and eventually became a fashion designer himself. While Rufat traveled the world as a model, there were times when it was difficult to find clothes suitable for his body. So he started to design clothes for himself. When the clothes he designed were made by tailors people began to notice them and Rufat became a designer. Rufat worked individually at every stage of design and production to learn all the details of the profession so he knew all the problems that may arise in production and was able to find a solution.
Rufat says it’s important for Turkish stylists to take an interest in modern culture and find innovative ways to combine their creativity and culture to produce beautiful products. Ashanti and Inas X wore outfits designed by Rufat İsmayil at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Some of the celebrities that Rufat İsmayil has worked with include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Lil Kim, Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Jamiroquai. Rufat İsmayıl is known all over the world for his Affair brand and its collections have a global reach. To buy Rufat İsmayıl products, simply browse the website. You can find the link in “More Information”.
9. Cengiz Abazoğlu
Cengiz Abazoğlu was born in 1969 into a family dealing in textiles. He discovered fashion at a very young age and set his heart on becoming a fashion designer. He continued his education until high school, then learnt design at a leather company in Brussels. He presented all of the haute couture clothes he designed in his studio in 1991 at his first fashion show at the Istanbul Mink Show. From 1991 to 2004, he prepared an haute couture collection every year and used the money he made from exhibiting at the shows to support charities. Cengiz presented his first ready-to-wear collection in 2006. Since 2009, he has been highly acclaimed for his collections at the Paris Haute Couture week.
Stating that his designs are for “prima donnas”, Abazoğlu has a blacklist of celebrities that he will never prepare dresses for. Some celebrities who have worn his designs are Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Lucy Hale, Rebecca Romijn, Carly Rea Jepsen, Kalia Prescott, Selena Gomez, Kathleen Robertson and Ashley Benson. He uses crystal and semi-precious stones in many of his designs. You can access pret-a-porter products designed by Cengiz Abazoğlu from all ADL stores.
10. Özgür Masur
Özgür Masur was born in Istanbul in 1979 and studied at Marmara University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Textile Arts. In 2001, he received the Design Star of the Future award at Lesshow in Moscow and in 2002 came third in the Young Designers competition organised by İTKİB in 2002. Özgür’s life changed with the micro collection he exhibited at Galata Fashion Week, which he attended for the first time in 2008. Everyone who saw his collection was amazed and Ozgur’s designs attracted the attention of fashion lovers everywhere. Immediately afterwards, he created his home-warm workshop in Nisantasi, where he does almost everything with his own hands.
That same year, he designed outfits for the leading actress of a highly-rated TV series and became famous throughout all of Turkey.
Ozgur, who likes to use more chiffon, crepe, knitting, and silk in his designs, describes his style as “sophisticated designs with great details on minimal pieces”. The line between tradition and modernity includes feminine charm, spirit, and elegant silhouettes. Ozgur Masur uses different methods from the classical assembly techniques in his designs which combine fabric and accessories. If you want to visit the workshop/store of Ozgür Masur, Nişantaşı you’ll find it on Valikonağı Street.
11. Ezra ve Tuba Çetin (ezra+tuba)
Ezra and Tuba Çetin grew up among fabric and design sketches as two daughters of textile-dealing parents. At 5, they designed their first dress and their mother tailored it for them. This was a fascinating moment for girls and they felt the magic of design and production at that very moment. Ezra studied graphic design and painting. Tuba completed her visual design and textile design education. They also provided design and consultancy services to brands at home and abroad. In 2006, they established the ezra + tuba brand. Their designs appeal to powerful, feminine and modern women. Ezra + Tuba established the luxury women’s clothing couture and ready-made clothing brand “etcetura” bridge in their workshops in Nişantaşı. Since 2009, they have been invited by the Federation Francaise de la Couture du Pret-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, and they introduced their ready-to-wear collections as part of “Mode à Paris” and Milan Fashion Week between 2009 and 2012.
In 2016, they announced their names once more in the global sector with a completely different design: ezra + tuba began designing wearable technology products. The projects they presented to Intel in 2015 were recognised as the discoveries of 100 years in 2016. Inspired by the likes of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci, Ezra and Tuba Çetin try to bring convenience to people’s lives with the clothes and fabrics they produce. They create their designs using sustainable fabrics and Tuba says that, once somebody no longer wishes to wear one of their garments, they can just put it in a flowerpot. The fabric dissolves in the soil in 3 months and disappears completely in 1 year – very different from the 27 million tonnes of clothing which ends up in landfill each year. You can discover the designs of Ezra and Tuba Çetin at Ramsey stores, especially in the men’s clothing section. Their showrooms are located in Maçka Street, Teşvikiye.
12. Duygu Boz (KNITSS)
After graduating from Istanbul Bilgi University Cinema-TV department, Duygu Boz, who studied fashion design and management for three years in Istanbul Fashion Academy, became a founding partner, creative director and mother of the opinion of KNITSS. She founded the brand she dreamed of with her husband Umut Boz in 2015. Duygu Boz appeals to stylish city women. In her designs, she is inspired by women who pay attention to their physique and like to draw attention to themselves. Showing that urban professionals can look stylish, quality and elegant at any time of the day, including business life, Duygu sees herself as an ambassador for modern women.
Duygu Boz argues that KNITSS women have the freedom to create their own style. Duygu Boz, who is also the creative director of KNITSS, blends the modern and sophisticated approach of women with an effortless and luxurious style. All KNITSS products, designed with the highest quality Italian yarns and produced with great attention to detail, combine sporty comfort with great looks. Each design in the collection is created in such a way that it can be combined with each other design to create harmony and a myriad of different styles. Duygu Boz’s shop is in KNITTS, Etiler Akmerkez AVM, and Üsküdar, Akasya AVM.
13. Mehtap Elaidi
Mehtap Elaidi, who was born in Istanbul in 1964, decided to follow her childhood dream of being a designer in 2000. Thus, she opened the first Elaidi store in the workshop/store concept in Teşvikiye. And it all began with a white shirt. The white shirt was strong and timeless, and she created shirts that can be worn both day and night. Instead of following new trends, she preferred to adapt and innovate. Mehtap Elaidi thought about the type of women who would prefer her designs. She questioned what they ate, what they drank, where they went during the day. She considered all these ideas as an image of a living woman and identified her clothes with this woman. Today, Mehtap Elaidi seems to have fulfilled her childhood dream. Elaidi, which stands out with dresses, jackets, skirts, shirts, and blouses, stands out as a versatile pret-a-porter brand as well as haute couture clothes.
Saying that white poplin is indispensable in its fabrics, Elaidi also offers its original designs in vegan leathers and heathered winter fabrics. Elaidi, which offers vibrant collections with colorful fabrics, is appreciated with geometric patterns on floral patterns, designs accompanied by polka dots. It supports the quality and originality of the woman who challenges her experimental cuts, bold patterns, and surprise details. In the first months of 2008, she founded Kaf’dan by Elaidi brand under the name of Elaidi. She made the presentation of this brand at the Paris pret-a-porter fair. It has sales points in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Dubai, Bahrain, France, Spain. The store of Mehtap Elaidi is in Harbiye, Şişli.
14. Meltem Özbek
Meltem Ozbek, who was born in Izmir in 1983, learned to put her dreams on the line when she started to receive education from the Istanbul Fashion Academy in 2009. In 2010, she won first place in the leather category at the Koza Young Fashion Designers Competition. At the Pure London Fair in London in 2012, her leather pieces attracted the attention of fashion lovers. Completing the process of creating Mell by Meltem Özbek brand identity this year, Ozbek reached out to fashion lovers with her 2013 spring-summer and 2013-14 fall-winter collections in Room Teşvikiye.
The starting point of each of Ozbek’s design collections is different. An architectural structure or a word can be a source of inspiration. For example, her past two seasons were inspired by her mother’s oil paintings and she created print patterns. She is a fan of the work of Turkish designers Zeynep Elaidi and Özgür Masur. In addition to Miuccia Prada, Ozbek follows the works of Karl Lagerfeld, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Mell by Meltem Ozbek showroom is in Teşvikiye.
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15. Elvan Tığlıoğlu (Jaquette)
Growing up in a family that organises advertisements and promotes fashion shows, Elvan Tığlıoğlu began her career in the advertising agency. She worked as a shop window designer in the Altinyildiz Group for 1 year, and as a fashion consultant in V2K for 1 year. Through her family business she partnered with French firm La Mode en Images. During her studies with the company, she gained an important insight into fashion, design, and discipline through fashion shows. She organised the world launch of Cartier and Chanel in Istanbul. Being on the factory floor of world-famous brands made Elvan open her dream doors to the fullest. She established the brand “stilator” with Sibel Arna and for 5 years, she styled brands, celebrities, series and movies, and other TV shows. Jaquette was founded in 2014 and consists of offers jackets, coats and kimonos.
Elvan Tığlıoğlu says that people have ways of expressing themselves. She likens her own creative process to “giving birth”. Elvan states that all her collections are an expression. Jaquette is a strong brand that combines positive, cool, enthusiastic, attractive, free, original, feminine and masculine expressions. Elvan Tığlıoğlu, says her designs describe freedom limitlessness, travel, music and all kinds of attitudes created by music. She says she was inspired by her travels. Elvan uses wool, artificial fur and cashmere in winter designs and includes PolyVision and wool in her suits. For her kimonos, which form part of her summer collections, she uses cotton and silk. Elvan mainly designs jackets, trench coats, sleeveless jackets, and kimonos. The Jaquette by Elvan Tığlıoğlu showroom is in Arnavutköy. You can also shop on the website and access the Instagram pages of other stores where products are sold.
16. Zeynep Arcay
No matter how far people run, their dreams always chase them. Zeynep’s’ life was like this for years until, finally, she left the telecommunications company where she worked as a manager and turned to design, which had been her childhood dream. The motivation to establish the Zeynep Arcay brand was a combination of her passion for design and her desire to leave a legacy. Zeynep Arcay uses leather because she believes it makes women look different, confident and strong. Madonna wore a leather dress designed by Zeynep Arcay in the promotional film for MDNA skincare products when it was launched to the world market. It was a surprising but very important selection for the Zeynep’s designs which became well-known after this. Sara Sampaio, one of the most admired models of Victoria’s Secret, chose Zeynep Arcay designs in her selection of denim pants and bustiers.
Zeynep Arcay says it is right to invest in timeless pieces. She says it’s important to buy products you will return to time and again, and in many different combinations. The Zeynep Arcay (Stockist) showroom is found in Macka, Istanbul. You can also see Zeynep Arcay designs in Beymen Zorlu Shopping Mall.
17. Arzu Kaprol
The famous designer graduated from Mimar Sinan University’s Fashion Apparel department. She completed the Perfectionnement programme at the Paris American Academy. In 1995, Beymen Academia received the “Avant-Garde Designer” award. She founded her own brand in 1998. She received Fashion Designer of the Year awards from Fashion TV in 2007 and Elle Style Awards in 2011. In the same year, she first took part in Paris Fashion Week and opened her office in Paris. With collaborations she has made since 2016, she has begun studies on the merger of her products with technology. Turkey’s first digital couture show, held in June 2016, featured the smart jacket, one of the first prototypes of smart clothing which changes function according to the temperature and was created by Arzu Kaprol.
Arzu Kaprol, who evaluates design as clothing architecture, is not a traditional designer. She thinks that man has passed through time and believes the future is identified with the uncreated. For this reason, she prepares all her collections independently of time. Arzu Kaprol states that concerns about the future lead people to the past. That’s why she thinks vintage clothes have reappeared. Therefore, she believes that in order to have hope for the future, we must wear a piece of our past. You can see Arzu Kaprol’s designs on world-famous names such as Meg Ryan, Milla Jovovich, Kelly Rowland, and Gisele Bündchen. The clothes of Angela Lindwall at the 2011 amfAR Gala and Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony and Chanel Iman at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival were also designed by Arzu Kaprol. If you want to see and try Arzu Kaprol designs, you need to make an appointment via the website. The website address for online shopping and showroom appointment is below.
18. Dilek Hanif
Dilek Hanif was born in 1962 into a fashion and textile family. She founded her first brand at the age of 28. The most important feature of Dilek Hanif’s designs was to carry Anatolian culture to the fashion world. Dilek Hanif, one of the pioneers of Turkish fashion history, adhered to the Ottoman culture and synthesized the past and future through her unique style. Thus, with the contemporary and feminine line she created, she gained the admiration of all fashion lovers. The first haute couture fashion show held in Hagia Irene in 2002 attracted great attention. In 2003, with her designs decorated with traditional needle lace figures, she reinvigorated this traditional handicraft and brought it back into vogue. Hanif won the Most Successful Female Fashion Designer of the Year Award for her work in 2003. In 2004, she made an impression as the first Turkish fashion designer to exhibit her spring-summer collections at Paris Haute Couture Week. In 2011, she created the ready-to-wear brand Dilek Hanif, which combined her Coutre talent and entrepreneurial spirit.
Dilek Hanif cared about being strong and independent in all of her collections. She believed in being disciplined and transparent. Her designs preserve a simple style while promoting feminine details with an elegant, romantic touch. If you want to buy Dilek Hanif products, you can go to Maçka Street, showroom in Teşvikiye, browse in Beymen in İstinyepark AVM or go to Gizia Gate in Şişli.
19. Yıldırım Mayruk
Lightning Mayruk, born in 1940, is one of the first names that comes to mind when you think of Turkish fashion. He lost his father at a very young age and began work in his sister’s tailor workshop. Later, continuing his fashion life, Mayruk participated in a fashion show with 10 pieces he made in the workshop he established in Istanbul. He met Mualla Özbek at the end of this fashion show. Mayruk has been working with Barbaros Şansal since 1990. Mayruk produces designs exclusively for big names in high society. These designs help people be the prince and princess of their dreams. Displaying his collections in international cities such as London, Abu Dhabi, Tel-Aviv, Alhain and Haifa, and in Turkish cities including Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Mayruk donated his income to charities, especially those supporting education. If you can’t visit his workshop in Beyoğlu, you can check out his work on his website below.
20. Gamze Saraçoğlu
Born in 1980, Gamze Saraçoğlu studied fashion design at “Parson’s School of Design” in New York, graduating in 2003. In 2003, she had the opportunity to work with Donna Karan in New York. Having established her own brand in 2005, Saraçoğlu designed collections for brands such as Zara, Marks & Spencer, Kookai, Nafnaf, Etam, Promod and Chevignon. In 2006, she was commissioned to design a special laptop bag for Apple. The Apple collection went on sale in Apple stores. Since 2008, she has been collecting designs of the Cotton Bar brand of Beymen. She has been exhibiting her products at Istanbul Fashion Week since 2009. She provided creative director and consultancy services to brands such as Mudo, Boyner, İnci Deri and Saydam Tekstil. Turkcell designed uniforms for Aras Kargo and Petrol Ofisi.
The collections of Saraçoğlu, who is a board member of the Fashion Design Association, are exhibited every year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul. Gamze Saraçoğlu also provides personalised designs, creative consultancy and collection preparation services, styling consultancy, brand analysis consultancy, collection design consultancy, fabric and accessory consultancy for the collection to be designed, season and style and a colour estimation services. You can see her designs at Gamze Saraçoğlu Fashion Design Studio, Abdi İpekçi Street, Nişantaşı.
21. Can Tarlan (Nocturne)
The Nocturne brand, which was founded in 2012 by an experienced and exciting design group, was quickly adopted by women. As you might have guessed, the Nocturne brand takes its name from the work of the same name by Frederic Chopin. Can Tarlan created a sense of art inspired by the local cultures of these countries due to his childhood in America, Belgium, France and Brazil. This understanding of art is also the basis of the current Nocturne. Designs produced under the Nocturne brand are innovative, bold and stylish. Can Tarlan likens design to child-rearing from birth to growth.
Can Tarlan and his team combine leading colours, patterns and drawings with innovations in design to create classic designs with a twist. Nocturne attracts attention with designs that combine natural fabrics and non-synthetic materials. Black and white pieces are indispensable for all collections. To buy Nocturne designs visit İstinyePark AVM, Nişantaşı, Üsküdar Emaar AVM, Başakşehir Mall of Istanbul AVM, Sariyer Vadi Istanbul AVM, Gaziosmanpaşa Venezia stores. The website for online shopping is below.
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22. Ayşe Birsel
Ayşe Birsel is well-known in the industrial design industry having graduated from the Middle East Technical University with a first in Industrial Design. From there she continued her education by taking part in the Fullbright course in America. For her Master’s thesis she presented her “Water Room” project and became recognised in the USA and Japan. She has been named one of America’s “1000 Most Creative People” and received the Roscoe Award (the Oscar of the design industry) and designed the interiors of Renault cars up until 2007. She has featured on the cover of some of the industry’s most important magazines and her works have been displayed in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, one of the most exclusive venues in the sector.
Birsel’s collection consists of Paşabahçe Omnia branded glass and crystal pieces which she uses to show the most beautiful places of Istanbul.
23. Defne Koz
Defne Koz, who has special designs in many areas from furniture to lighting, lives in Milan, the heart of furniture design. She runs her own studio and travels between Italy and the USA serving multinational companies such as Pirelli, Guzzini, Steel, RSVP, Gabbianelli-Merati, German WMF, Sharp, Nissan, Japan Casio. Defne Koz designs custom made pieces for many companies operating in Turkey and has her signature on products ranging from electronics to car tyres. Defne Koz regularly displays collections of her work in the Istanbul Biennial.
24. Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye
Meet the world-famous ceramic artist Alev Ebuzziya. The sculptor and ceramic and glass designer has been living in Paris since 1987 but her high-fired non-porous ceramics are exhibited in major international museums worldwide including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Zurich Musée Bellerive, the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, Belfast’s Ulster Museum, the State Museum of Painting and Sculpture (Ankara) and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (İstanbul). Collections of Alev Ebuzziya’s works are exhibited in art galleries throughout Istanbul every year.
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25. Atilla Kuzu
Atilla Kuzu worked in various architecture offices until 1994. Since then, he has been working at Zoom Architecture which he founded with his partner, architect Levent Çırpıcı. The company specialises in shops, congress and exhibition palaces, and hotels. In addition, he designs interior materials including the seating unit of the Conde House in Japan. The interior designs of many modern buildings in Istanbul were designed by Atilla Kuzu.
26. Sezgin Aksu
In recent years Sezgin Aksu has been one of the most frequently heard Turkish names in the world of design. After studying in various schools for 8 years, he began work in Milan and now heads up the design department at De Lucchi, one of the most famous interior design studios in the city. His client portfolio includes such names as Olivetti, Siemens, Compaq, Enel, Poltrana Frau, Mandarina Duck and Fiat. Sezgin Aksu’s designs are inspired by Istanbul.
27. Murat Günak
Murat Günak completed his education abroad and met with Renault’s design chief while working as a designer for Ford. He entered the Royal College of Art and after successfully completing his course, joined Mercedes Benz. Günak designed the current C series and also provided inspiration for the A-class and SLK. Other cars designed by Murat Günak include the Peugeot 206 CC, Peugeot 307, Peugeot 607, Volkswagen Passat CC, Volkswagen Golf V and Mia electric. Murat Günak was born in Istanbul and promotes the city through his automobile designs. He comes to Istanbul frequently and often gives lectures at conferences.
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