The Black : Aslı Pekçetin

ASLI PEKÇETİN

Black is not just a random color for me but a life style. This has been the case since the day I have defined myself with my present form. It would be wrong to disinte grate the Aslı Pekçetin brand from my character. I do not know how the situation is for the other designer brands but every fold of my brand is completely an extension of my characters, thoughts, and habits.

You have an all-round education alback ground with great achievements. Respectively, you first studied Economics at Istanbul University, followed by business brand management training in Italyand lastly in thesa me country in Milano you have educated on Fashion Design training at DOM Domus Academy. How important is education to be a good fashioner and designer. Can we just say that it is not enough to have a creative personality?

I would like to answer your question with a similitude. The ability is like a raw diamond covered with coaland mud in the depths of a large mine. Of course, it is still of great value when you find it raw. Yet, it will earn its original value after discovered by an expert, evaluated in size and clarity and point engraved in the most appropriate cutting technique. Inessence, fashion design has, of course, greatim portance. A talent that has not been well trained and has not been kneaded by multiple disciplines will always have to settle for less than his or her potential value.

Did you always have the feeling of choosing black as your lifestyle, or was it just an idea to differentiate yourself and created your own stylein the course of your trainings?

As you expressed very-well, black is not just a random color for me but a life style. This has been the case since the day I have defined myself with my present form. It would be wrong to disinte grate the Aslı Pekçetin brand from my character. I do not know how the situation is for the other designer brands but every fold of my brand is completely an extension of my characters, thoughts, and habits.

I do not know how the situation is for the other designer brands but every fold of my brand is completely an extension of my characters, thoughts, and habits.

Would you like to talk about the importance of choosing fabric to reflect the secret behind the beauty of your design sand the black color used in your creations in the best way possible?

If you plan to proceed with a limited color range in your design journey, then your playground be comes fabrics. This is inevitable. Most of the time we under rate black and sell it short. How ever, when you get down to the depths of your work, you realize how much subtles hades of black existand how even your choice of fabric weaving makes your design so different. We have sewed the same design with dozens of different fabric suntil we find the right expression of the feeling that is concretely put in to practice. What ever the cost, ranging from the fabric I choose for my designs to all the other accessories and materials, I never compromise on quality and originality. When you buy an “Aslı Pekçetin” design, this piece will age with you in your wardro be for as long as you live, and will always make you feel special.

What does fabric mean to you? What features do you pay attention to when choosing your fabrics?

What distinguishes an out fit from all other design instruments is that you carry it on your skin. Think about it, you carry on your body a story that will always remain in you, you are traveling with it, eating, shopping and collecting new memories. I believe you can sense and predict the value I give to the fabric in the process of designing a product that contacts with skin and carries my trade mark. The first thing I pay attention when choosing a fabric is that whether it provides you with a comfort zone or not. Then, I usually think about in what fabric might I catch the story I want to tell that specific season. In this phase, I move with my gut feelings. In a word, I do not act too quickly trendy fabrics. Then, as I mentioned before, authenticity comes. Of course, I often work with the same materials for the icon pieces of my brand but my desire to discover the new, leads me in every collection of mine.

Before you prepare a collection, are you preparing it by looking at the design or the fabric?

The fabric is always a continual guide, but I am generally in favor of the story behind it. The founding and developing story of my brand makes my design journey exciting.

Would you like to share your views on Turkish fabrics?

I think thatTurkish textile has the potential to be come the top actor in the Turkish economy. I can easily say that we can rise to the peak in the field of raw materials, although it is not yet in the field of design. Although I have a global perspective in choosing the right fabric for my designs, the place of Turkish fabric has always been great in my collections.

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