RITUAL FOCUS – DILARA FINDIKOGLU
Capsule collection photos by Anabel Navarro Lorens / Shamash by Emre Unal
Dilara Findikoglu is a Turkish born designer who is making serious waves after showcasing her graduate CSM collection; entitled Shamash, earlier this year.
The inspiration for Shamash comes from religious and ancient rituals. These have been modified and reinterpreted with the intention of exposing imposing religions and instead creating an overall duality, unity and strength. We explore six different deities; The Virgin Mary, Napoleon, Josephine Baker, Venus, Joan of Arc and Eve. These are represented within the extensively worked pieces, incorporating embroidery and various symbolisms present on each garment. The collection is seriously strong, deliberately cut to celebrate and empower the female form. The use of masculine tailoring in some of the looks further enhances this strength and empowerment.
However, you may be more familiar with Dilara’s most recent Capsule collection which showcased at London Fashion Week and featured on Vogue.co.uk for SS16. As an extension on her graduate collection we see the reversal of the roles of Adam and Eve. Dilara gave the apple to Adam, therefore declaring men the first sinners and the servants to women. Here, she gives birth to a pretty badass and decadent collection, referencing Turkish folk rock and the 70’s metal scene. Naturally, the presentation was held at St Giles in the Fields church in central London, whilst we witness models feasting at a banquet fit for kings, all the while punk band Skinny Girl Diet, play a mean set.
We don’t doubt for a second that theres more where that came from, and we freaking cant wait to see the next one.