Guest Nation Hatice Gökçe

Fashion / Design / Performance Let's get to know the designers of Pitti Guest Nation
 
Born in 1973, Hatice Gökçe graduated from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and established her own design atelier in 1998. A pioneer in  Turkey’s men’s fashion design, Gökçe was awarded many international prizes over her career.  She is known for her experimental approach to the use of materials and shapes to achieve the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance. The fashion designer has worked with several famous brands such as the Chinese Ilchi.
 
 
How has your country influenced your style?
The history of my country is so deep rooted that you can feel it in every step. It gives me lots of areas to play in throughout its history and I choose my subjects with the help of this. Then my themes and attitudes create my style. There are still many subjects waiting to turn into collections...

What is it that made you fall in love with fashion design?
Its activating power on people and its ability that gives the chance to make the dreams come true...

Turkey is this year’s Pitti Guest Nation. What should we expect?
When you allow time to notice the potential, you will meet with a country image whose design attitude can not be matched with any form.

What other form of “art” could fashion be associated with and why?
It is almost in association with every form of art and surely must be. Fashion has a side which is fed by art but also creating its own ways, forms and sense that is efficient to make it a branch of art...

Please tell us something about the collection you will be showing at Pitti and its sources of inspiration.
A collection which is designed by focusing the occasion of going into a trance in a religional ceremony. The figure of "sword" is used as a special print detail. This detail is also used in knitwear pieces. I especially tried to use natural fabrics for this collection...

Plans for the future?
My thesis which will be presented in near future about the profile of Turkish men. And surely, having a place in some points of the international area that I want to exist with my own brand...

A dream.
At the end of my thesis, seeing the "Turkish Men Profile" I designed as a profile which is accepted all over the world is one of my greatest dreams... 
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