Parisian couture meets Ottoman opulence at Dice Kayek
Reading about awards bestowed in the fashion industry you will stumble upon most interesting fashion labels. Paris based Dice Kayek masterfully blends Istanbul's cultural heritage with contemporary French couture. Launched in 1992 by sisters Ayse and Ece Ege, the Turkish label quickly gained its place in the competitive fashion world.
A member of Fédération Française de la Couture, Dice Kayek is the recent winner of Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize, 2013 edition, an international award given to contemporary artists and designers inspired by the Islamic traditional art and architecture.
Their Istanbul Contrast capsule collection, which has been exhibited at the V&A Museum from December 11, 2013 through April 21, 2014, mirrors the historical city’s fascinating blend of Islamic architectural and artistic heritage with the futuristic aesthetic of the emerging global metropolis. Described as re-imagined Ottoman robes and demi-couture minidresses reminiscent of the lead domes in Istanbul the special edition collection juxtaposes traditional craftsmanship with modern fashion shapes and fabrics.
The look of the special collection is in line with the established aesthetic of the Turkish design duo: modern, feminine, elegant, structural as they self portrayed it. Stylized traditional motifs, architectural shapes and details (sharp pleats, geometric volumes), high-tech fabrics, a restrained palette and chic cropped lengths are the distinct features of both spring 2014 and the upcoming fall 2014 collections.
Scattered pearl and crystal applique or sparkling embroidery (inspired by cosmic nebula for the autumn 2014 collection), are used to bring a sense of luxury, in a most elegant manner. Dice Kayek collections can be found in major fashion world centers, in listed boutiques including Le Bon Marché, Galleries Lafayette Haussman (Paris), Fenwick (London), The Nines and Elegance (NYC), Dinos (Tokyo), Aladino (Hong Kong) and hopefully soon in online stores.
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