Style and Status: Rich Textiles and Ottoman Silks Inspire Turkish Designers in a New Exhibition and Gala
produced By Barbara McConaghy
Hair by Nuri Yurt Owner TOKA Salon
Right now, it’s all about the Ottomans—the fabrics, the dazzle, the imperial splendor of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul. It is fashion at its most resplendent, and it’s coming to Washington (see page 42 for details).
In late October the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. The exhibition will showcase over fifty of the world’s finest Ottoman royal textiles from the collections of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, the Kremlin Armory, Moscow and other international collections. These Ottoman Imperial silks are rich in their visual design and technical complexity. Designed to impress, the Imperial Kaftans were the ultimate luxury items of style and status.
These beautiful textiles have also been influential to many of Turkey’s top designers working today. Along with previewing the Kaftan exhibit, this years gala will honor some of Turkey’s most sought after fashion designers with a fashion show, including the designs of Gonul Paksoy, Atil Kutoglu, and Yildrim Mayruk—whose beautiful modern interpretations grace the following pages, modeled by some of the Freer and Sackler Galleries’ indispensable gala and exhibit sponsors.
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