Hair moulded into horns, lime painted faces and layers of PVC, glitter and metallics; welcome to the world of Dilara Findikioglu.
Her most experimental collection to date, Findikioglu channels eccentric personas through the catwalk in collaboration with Marilyn Manson, with each model given their own fantasy character in her alternative world. “I've always been into the attitudes and conventions that came with clothes.” Dilara told i-D in an interview last year.
The post-apocalyptic scene featured; graphically embroidered dragons on vibrant silk with fur trims to match, a pinstriped origami inspired dress fastened precisely and mixed with sheer materials, and silvery garments splattered with cultural symbols. Belt necklaces wrapped around models necks matched to their bright green hair; all amongst the glitter and strong makeup, which put rock and roll into a space age. Two pieces were stamped with “Dilara 4 Marilyn Manson” in a red, gothic inspired font. The personas wore matching headwear, facial chains, horns constructed from hair and masks that hid their faces. They contrast to the traditional location of Sir John Soane’s museum that has been lit with shades of red for the occasion.
Her ultimate girl, she added is: “Non-obedient and controversial. She doesn't compare herself against "the norm". She challenges conceptions of femininity. Athena, Cilem Dogan, Elizabeth I, Marlene Dietrich…”
The display showcases Findikioglu’s ability to draw from many sources, as well as her use of Victorian style dresses with strong tailoring and medieval influences combined with the constant application of her thematic futuristic vision. Findikioglu’s collection resonates the idea of what the Millenials punk could be; but she sets it in a conflicted world, with each outfit and character engaging in its own role.
Dilara described her inspirations as, “A mixture of influences of subcultural dress. Power and inequality, cultural hybridity, and religion. Alejandro Jadorowsky, Rene Gueno."