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Zeugma Collection Dilek Hanif


Mosaics and Kutnu interlacing: the modern interpretation of  historical Turkish heritage by

Dilek Hanif

Poised between innovation and tradition, Dilek Hanif has developed a vision of haute couture capable of generating dialogue between East and West, embracing and projecting the cultural aspects of Turkey and the Turkish people, while coining an unexpected and poetic philology comprised of highly contemporary stylistic elements, which are linked to the glorious past of her country. A kaleidoscope of colors and shapes, nature and metropolis, gifted with an unequal cosmopolitan creativity and,  precisely in view of a continuous bond with Turkey and its cultural promotion, the designer presents her Spring 2016 Collection set in the charming ambience of the Zeugma Mosaics Museum. Inaugurated in 2012, the world’s largest museum of mosaic art presents an exhibit of mosaics discovered in the Roman site of Belkis-Zeugma before it was forever partially submersed  by the Birecik Dam. The mural paintings, fountains, columns, and walls,  unearthed during various excavations at the site of the ancient Roman city of Zeugma, are now on display in their original size. A perfect setting for precious, delicate garments with ethereal flowing fabrics, divine draping, and distinct cuts, which interact with the backdrop of mosaics in  their magnificence, as they come together all as one. Twenty-five creations reminiscent of peplums, Vestal dresses finely crafted and enriched by entirely handmade precious decorations, created with a superb fabric native of the Gaziantep region, the Kutnu. Its weaving method has remained unchanged since the 16th century, a type of woven fabric with silk warps and cotton wefts and satin finish, reinterpreted in a sophisticated design by Dilek Hanif.
HauteCoutureCollezioniand Sposa n.163 s/s 2016

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