Pitti Guest Nation

TURKEY is the Guest Nation at Pitti Uomo 84 + Pitti W 12

For the past several seasons, Fondazione Pitti Discovery has been turning the spotlights on the new stars on the international creative and economic scene and this edition is in cooperation with ITKIB - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations. This year the main theme of the Guest Nation area will be “Gentlemen of Istanbul: 7 Gentlemen from 7 designers from the city on 7 hills“ which takes its actual concept and its inspiration from the deeprooted clothing culture of the Turkish Gentlemen, based on Istanbul‘s prominent districts with different characteristic of cultural textures with modern designs prepared with today’s technology and the 2014 SS trends.

Genlemen of Instanbul

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In cooperation with ITKIB - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations, the guest nation at this edition of Pitti Uomo and Pitti W will be Turkey, one of the most interesting players in fashion research today, one of the countries that is able to combine a strong and qualified industrial system with a wide culture in contemporary design, especially among the younger generation. 

Aslı Filinta

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Born in 1979 in Andana, in Southern Turkey, Asli Filinta created her own brand in 2008 in New York. Hers is a world of colors, patterns and fun. Her women’s collections are a mix of oriental elements and contemporary-style cuts and colors, a true melting pot of fashion trends. 

Deniz Kaprol

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After graduating from Kultur College in İstanbul , she has completed her university degree in Fashion Instıtute of technology in New York, Deniz Kaprol has started her own brand in 2004, named as “ DKaprol “. In her collections there are products that are made of silver, gold and bronze, completed with precious, semi-precious stones and diamonds. Her collections consist of womens and mens jewellery with a modern and avant garde style. Her collections have been selling in stores and online websites. She has also opened her flagship store in 2012, on Baghdad Street in Turkey. She has designed an award for the “ Fashion Designers Association “ and collections for many social responsibility projects like “Eastpak“ brand. She has also been invited by Milan and Miami Fashion Week.

Elif Ciğizoğlu

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An icon of  Turkish women’s fashion, this young designer enjoys playing with the most precious materials, shapes and colors. Her garments are structured yet soft and feminine. Cığızoğlu is not afraid of experimenting with fabrics and her creations are known for the lovely and bright pastel color nuances. Her creations may be described as a bridge between the past and the future, though very personal in style. 

Emre Erdemoğlu

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With the collection "The Glider", a tribute to the memory of Otto Lilienthal, heroic pioneer of gilder’s flights, the Turkish designer was awarded the National Chamber of Italian Fashion Award at the 20th edition of Mittelmoda The Fashion Award. A style in menswear that finds its soul in the lessons of the past and mixes it with new technical applications.

Hatice Gökçe

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Born in 1973, Hatice Gökçe graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and established her own design atelier in 1998. Gökçe as the pioneering figure in the realm of men’s fashion wear in Turkey. The designer adopts experimentalism and employs renovative fabrics in her works. Her designs bear the trace of the balance of nature and the capabilities of technology. She actualizes the perfect harmony of simple and elegant luxury by combining the comfort and details, prosperity and profoundness. Hatice Gökçe collaborated with Chinese brand Ilchi to design their upcoming men’s collection.

Niyazi Erdogan

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Born in 1978 in Tarsus, Niyazi Erdoğan completed his architectural studies at the University of Istanbul in 1999. While working in well-known architectural firms and after having attended the summer course at the Parsons School of Design, in 2003 he made it to the finals of the ITKIB  competition for young fashion designers. He then founded the Nesign Design Factory and joined the Eroni company. In 2009, he designed his first men’s collection. Niyazi Erdoğan loves design in all its forms and his creations tell about a wide and collective vision of fashion based on the use of natural fabrics and attentive to the planning of shapes. 

Zeynep Tosun

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After graduating from the University of Istanbul, Zeynep Tosun moved to Milan to study fashion design at the Marangoni Institute. After her first fashion show in London in June 2006, she landed a job with the Alberta Ferretti team and worked on the haute couture collections. A year later, the designer went back to Turkey where she designed and launched her own collection. Her ultra-feminine creations were very well received by the international press. Today, Zeynep Tosun is one of the symbols of Turkish women’s fashion.

The FONDAZIONE PITTI DISCOVERY projects have also been realized thanks to the contribution of the CENTRO DI FIRENZE PER LA MODA ITALIANA and PITTI IMMAGINE.