MERCEDES-BENZ PRESENTS GÜLÇİN ÇENGEL AND DAVID CATALAN

GÜLÇİN ÇENGEL
 
Gülçin Çengel began studying arts at the age of 11.
 
She received her high school degree from the Anatolian School of Fine Arts.
 
Gülçin started her undergraduate studies at 9 Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, focusing on fashion accessories design.
 
Following her first year at 9 Eylul University, she decided to take a year off and attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she joined the fashion design certificate program.
 
After returning to Turkey, Gülçin continued her studies at 9 Eylul University while attending other universities as a guest student in various branches of design. Finally, she completed her undergraduate studies at Izmir University of Economics, Fine Arts and Design Faculty’s fashion design program.
 
During her studies, Gülçin completed an internship at Beymen.
 
After graduation, Gülçin went to London for one term where she worked as the assistant to fashion designer Bora Aksu.
 
She worked as a designer at the home textile company Chakra, where she spent 1.5 years.
 
And finally, a year ago, Gülçin decided to create her own brand, Gülçin Çengel.
 
 
11 yaşında sanat eğitimine başladı.
 
Liseyi Anadolu Güzel Sanatlar Lisesi’nde tamamladı.
 
9 Eylül Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Tekstil Ana Sanat Dalı, Moda Aksesuar Tasarımı Bölümü’nde lisans eğitimine başladı.
 
Lisans eğitiminin ilk senesini tamamladıktan sonra eğitimine ara vererek, bir yıl School of the Art Institute of Chicago’da Moda Tasarım ile ilgili sertifika programlarına katıldı.
 
Döndükten sonra 9 Eylül Üniversitesi’ndeki eğitimine devam ederken farklı üniversitelerden misafir öğrenci olarak farklı tasarım dallarında ders aldı ve eğitimine moda tasarımı üzerinde devam etmek isteyerek İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar ve Tasarım Fakültesi, Moda Tasarımı Bölümü’nde lisans eğitimini tamamladı.
 
Eğitim döneminde Beymen’de staj yaptı.
 
Üniversite sonrasında bir dönem Londra’da Bora Aksu’nun asistanlığını yaptı.
 
Ev tekstili ve Ev giyimi markası Chakra’da 1.5 yıl tasarımcı olarak çalıştı.
 
Bir seneyi aşkın süredir kendi markası üzerinde çalışıyor.
 
 
 
 
DAVID CATALAN
 
David Catalan is a Spanish fashion brand, based in both Oporto, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. It was founded in 2012 by David Catalan, who gives the company his name, as its creative director, and Almudena Bretón, ahead of the world of visibility and communication.
 
David Catalan graduated from ESDIR, Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja, in 2014, and combines his own youth with the international experience he collected during his two years of study in the prestigious ESAD- Matosinhos (Oporto). His final thesis “COVERLESS” consolidates him as a designer. He presented this collection in his debut at the EGO runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid SS15, winning the prestigious award MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION TALENT, which will take him to Mercedes-Benz Istanbul Fashion Week, where he will present his collection, NO SIGNAL.
 
David studied different artistic disciplines, and uses the knowledge he brings to the fashion world as a cornerstone of his designs. He defines his work as a fusion between the design, innovative production techniques, and a youthful culture, where he finds his inspiration. His designs stand out due to the simplicity of the shapes, the attention to detail, the perfect finishing of the pieces, and the treatment of the textiles.
 
Since 2011, David Catalan has been featured in numerous shows and runways, both national and international, presenting his work through runway shows. He presented his first menswear collection PRINT VOLTAJE SS14 at the Bloom platform in the 33rd edition of Portugal Fashion Week 2013. Since the beginning, David Catalan has collected countless awards and received recognition for its work, including “Best Collection” and “Best Female Coordinate” obtained in the 9th edition of Acrobatic.
 
- Lines of the Collection:
 
NO SIGNAL is presented as a collection with special aesthetics related to media and technology. Its strong technological presence and its evolution in time also entails an aspect of vulnerability, errors, flow, blurring and loss of communication and pixels, which lead to discomfort and inconvenience and conclude with a loss of the aesthetically desired signal. These disturbances or technical problems, which frustrate the domestic users of the electronic media, become an excuse and also the meaning behind this collection. The noise patterns break away from the classic black and white and are dyed red. The signs of confusion, interferences that are produced by digital corruption, and the effects of the sections displaced from the damaged image, are the way in which each garment is derived and structured.
 
NO SIGNAL is recreated in blurred and languid silhouettes, whose apparently clean-cut forms break with the imprecise and irregular pleating, misshapen bodices, and loose garments that facilitate the supposition of sizes. Pleats that follow the vertical line destroy the horizontal line created in reference to those interferences in the signal. Typical fabrics such as thermo-cast terrycloth with chiffon, technical plastics that simulate the texture of imitation leather, wools with a tricot design created specifically for the collection, and crystal printing, are complemented with the usual denim and circular qualities. The palette of colour covers several shades from a single range, creating a chromatic chronology: “Red noise” is a metaphor for the kind of snow, which floods the television when the signal fails. Nude, red, chestnut, and copper shades are our chromatic proposal. These colours are complemented by the fuel-type print in copper, which adds a technological and speckled touch.
 
The small details and accessories representing the conceptplugs, rubber cables that alter the volume of the garments, large sports backpacks that are broken down into separate compartments, all created by using 3D printerscomplete this collection.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ PRESENTS GÜLÇİN ÇENGEL AND DAVID CATALAN: Runway Video (Fall 15)
GÜLÇİN ÇENGEL: Runway Video (S/S 2015)
GÜLÇİN ÇENGEL: Runway Video (A/W 2014)
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