Fashion Designer of the Month for May 2024


Dilara Findikoglu was born in Istanbul, Turkey on September 5th, 1990. She discovered an affinity for fashion at an early age. At the age of 19, she moved to London on her own to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins, and graduated with honors in 2015. After being rejected from participating in the school’s graduate press show, Findikoglu created Encore CSM, her guerrilla show for Central Saint Martins design students who were also denied from the show.

Now, she stuns audiences worldwide at fashion week with her bold, shocking style. Religious imagery, mythology, occult symbols, tattoos, social issues, feminism, goth culture, Victoriana, punk, and rock-n-roll iconography are all significant influences for her. She also incorporates traditional Turkish embroidery and carpeting techniques into her designs. The 33-year-old most recently took London fashion week by storm.

Findikoglu has drawn inspiration from Alejandro Jodorowsky, René Guénon, Vivienne Westwood, and Black Sabbath.

She worked for the Vendôme Luxury Group to help them reinvigorate its 45-year-old design label, Chloe. Of course, she succeeded in strengthening the brand again and making it desirable for the public. She also brought a brand celebrity cult, due to her high-profile customers and friends, like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Moss, and many others. She collaborated with Gucci on launching a new design label produced under her name. No matter who she worked with, her request was always to use no leather and no fur in any of her apparel. Stella launched a line of organic skincare products, perfume, and a collection for children. Later she designed the uniforms for the athletes representing Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games. 
By 2018 she had entered a partnership with Moet Hennessy- Louis Vuitton, “the largest luxury products company in the world” (Cosgrave, 2012).  

Stella McCartney is considered one of the most influential fashion designers of the year 2020. With 32 years of experience in the fashion industry, she is the foremost advocate for sustainability in fashion. Her excellent designs took her to design the dress for Meghan Markle, which she wore to the Royal Wedding reception. In her fall ’20 collection, she sent models dressed as animals down the runway, followed by an Instagram campaign featuring animal cartoons to create awareness of the abuse and killing of animals for their furs. 


Past Picks of the Month

Ralph Lauren

Carolina Herrera

Kathleen Hanhee Kye

Marc Jacobs

Tom Ford

Mara Hoffman

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