The Fashion of Istanbul
As a lover of fashion I’m often drawn to other forms of design and art, lately I’ve found myself consumed by architecture and have been eating it up everywhere I go. This months Architectural Digest had a brief spot light on Istanbul, an enchanting , vibrant city with a massive history and some staggering talent!
Enter Gonul Paksoy. Designing since 1972 (from what I can see) she has become a cultural landmark of sorts with her two namesake boutiques in the old city listed as one 400 things you have to do in Istanbul.
So what makes her fashion so captivating and note worthy? It’s her process. Paksoy is not only creating some fantastic pieces with traditional eastern flare, she is literally weaving history into them. She takes vintage Ottoman fabrics, beads, and just about anything else, reclaims it, and incorporates it into her designs to form a completely new garment. This unique and precious technique transcends ordinary fashion and straddles the borders of an art form.
When asked about her creative process Gonul said: “When the garments or fabrics, you have found or have had woven, dyed, and are then used in new applications become incorporated into the realm of your creativity, your thoughts and your feelings, you end up by creating a work of your own”
Taking the wayward textiles of the Ottoman Empire and reincarnating them into new vital fashion.
How brilliant is that?