After making waves two years ago at Central Saint Martins, where she arranged a presentation for the students who weren’t selected for the official press show, LVMH Semi Finalist Dilara Findikoglu has never shied away from making statements. Whether on social media or with her designs, the young Turkish designer has become known for her fearlessness. Thankfully SS18 is no exception.
For this year’s LFW show, Findikoglu has decided to take us to church – quite literally. With Victorian Goth looks combined with satanic imagery and bright, shiny fabrics, her latest collection transports us to a dystopian universe where humanity is lost. Our more cynical readers may think we’re already at that point, but behind the vibrant colours and ghoulish make-up lies a clear political message. At it’s most basic level, it encourages us to disregard conventions and care less about other people’s opinions.
The designs mark a significant change from her showcase six months ago, but these are clearly concepts that Findikoglu has been pondering for a while. She told Vogue that she became fascinated with cults and “magic stuff” – which clearly shows in this collection.
Just when you think this show couldn’t get any more fabulous, drag superstar Violet Chachki strutted down the runway in a maleficent-inspired design with dramatic horns. With a sound-track of eighties music, it’s easy to see why Rihanna and FKA Twiggs are such fans of Findikoglu’s fearless work and artistic vision.
Take a peek at more looks from the hell-raising show below.