The New Craft: Dilara Findikoglu

The New Craft: Dilara Findikoglu

In V111, we spotlight designers boldly disrupting the status quo, starting with the daring Dilara.

In V111, we spotlight designers boldly disrupting the status quo, starting with the daring Dilara.

Photography: Begum Yetis

Text: Matthew Domescek

This article appears in the pages of V111 on newsstands now and available for purchase at vmagazineshop.com

A London-based designer from Istanbul, Dilara Findikoglu’s eponymous brand marries punk bondage silhouettes and classic menswear tailoring, referencing sweeping historical moments to reflect on the characters of society and “to say something about now.” As Findikoglu explains, “Every season I try to find a concept or problem that bothers me, so there’s a lot behind the collection besides the clothes. I try to talk about equality and fight against things I find unfair.” Her most recent collection contemplates the “hierarchy of society,” with looks representing “the believers, the rebels, the thinkers, the royals, religious leaders, politicians, and the God.” Rapper Brooke Candy walked the runway as the “Prime Minister” in a red and black houndstooth Chanel-esque suit trimmed in safety pins.

As a teenager, Findikoglu read that her idol John Galliano studied at Central Saint Martins. At 19, she moved to London to do the same. “I was like, If he’s from there, I want to go there too, so I can be as good as him.” She went on to intern under Mr. Galliano at Maison Margiela, but her debut collection was rejected by the CSM Master’s program, provoking Findikoglu to stage her own guerilla fashion show outside the CSM show. Since that moment, the brand has been no stranger to controversy, be it a subversion of the fashion calendar or a runway show presented in a Anglican church later denounced as satanic by the conservative press. Despite this, Findikoglu claims, “What I do feels natural to me. When you try to do something a bit weird that doesn’t fit into society’s rules, they think it’s controversial. If you ask me, in my own world, everything I do is very normal.”

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