Title

Turk-Couture: The Culture Jacket

Authors

Angela Burns

Abstract

This project aims to educate the new generation of Turkish fashion designer on the importance of their unique culture and its value as a potential source of design inspiration in a world preoccupied with the western ideal. By working in collaboration with students and craftspeople, this jacket offers an alternative perspective on Turkish design, raising awareness of traditional skills, developing crafts, and reviving and reinventing lost textile heritage such as Sümerbank designs. Moreover, it underlines the necessity of the Turkish fashion industry to develop its own identity, competitive yet compatible with the global market. This intricate jacket highlights the problems impacting on garment producing countries, such as Turkey, due to the escalation of the “Fast Fashion System." It not only emphasises how huge conglomerates are consuming cultures, and imposing the western ideal, but it is a critique of their exploitation of local populations, and abuse of natural resources, to create sub-standard products, unnecessary consumption and vast amounts of preventable waste.

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Turk-Couture: The Culture Jacket

This project aims to educate the new generation of Turkish fashion designer on the importance of their unique culture and its value as a potential source of design inspiration in a world preoccupied with the western ideal. By working in collaboration with students and craftspeople, this jacket offers an alternative perspective on Turkish design, raising awareness of traditional skills, developing crafts, and reviving and reinventing lost textile heritage such as Sümerbank designs. Moreover, it underlines the necessity of the Turkish fashion industry to develop its own identity, competitive yet compatible with the global market. This intricate jacket highlights the problems impacting on garment producing countries, such as Turkey, due to the escalation of the “Fast Fashion System." It not only emphasises how huge conglomerates are consuming cultures, and imposing the western ideal, but it is a critique of their exploitation of local populations, and abuse of natural resources, to create sub-standard products, unnecessary consumption and vast amounts of preventable waste.