Dilara Findikoglu, who graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2015, first made a statement when she staged her own guerrilla presentation after failing to be selected as part of the university’s official fashion BA runway show. Taking over a London strip club to present her spring collection, the designer struck a similarly provocative pose.
Her politically charged show was called “Dear Past, Thanks for All the Lessons,” taking its name from the a T-shirt worn by Çilem Doğan, a Turkish woman who was released from prison earlier this year, after being jailed for killing her husband in what she claimed was self-defense.
For Findikoglu’s work, that mood translated into a collection that featured Gothic, glam rock and historical elements. According to her show notes, the designer wanted to explore “the body of a woman and its cultural representation, today and in centuries gone by.”
Among her costumelike looks was a pink velvet corset, paired with pink silk pants split down the legs and thigh-high, PVC boots. More modern was a pink silk pantsuit, with Findikoglu’s name embroidered on the back in Gothic script.
While it will no doubt have a very niche commercial appeal, the collection was striking from an editorial standpoint. In fact, Rihanna was photographed in one of the designer’s corsets for the latest cover of Carine Roitfeld’s magazine, CR Fashion Book.