RED CARPET DESIGNER: ZEYNEP KARTAL

TURKISH DESIGNER ZEYNEP KARTAL HAS BECOME A NAME WHO IS FOLLOWED BY THE WIVES OF THE FAMOUS FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND POPULAR AT THE RED CARPET EVENTS.

Zeynep Kartal has created many successful designs as the “designer of Manchester” in the UK. The designer who has been living in the UK for the last 10 years has decided to create her own brand 3 years ago in Manchester. When her designs for the Manchester Vogue Fashion Organization had wide press coverage in the UK, the wives of the famous football players began to follow her. She had her first fashion show with the contributions of Dr. Sare Davutoğlu and through the aegis of Mayor of Konya Muammer Erol and Konya Metropolitan Municipality for the benefit of homeless children. During the event that had wide press coverage, the models of the famous Boss Agency presented the collection. Participating the show personally, Helen Tumbull of O.K.! Magazine highlighted that the collection was very impressive and the hand-workmanship was especially striking.

How did you materialize your first breakthrough after founding your own brand?
My designs were very popular at the Manchester Vogue Fashion Organization and I had wide media coverage, making me well known. The wives of the football players discovered me and then I was offered to be the designer of “Coronation Street.” People recently began to recognize that I am Turkish, since I was promoted as the “designer of Manchester” by the British media. I live in the UK for the last 10 years and that was an effect.

How did the wives of the football players find you?
They begin to visit me after seeing my designs in newspapers and magazines. They called me and then they visited me in my office in Manchester. They come, we design their clothes, and they leave but sometimes even I didn’t know for whom I was working. I learned who Coleen Rooney was after seeing her pictures in newspapers. So, more celebrities began to prefer my designs. I have made a name as a red carpet designer.

You design the album cover outfits for singers, right?
Yes, recently I have designed the cover outfit for Carolynne Poole, the singer from the UK X Factor. She came to Konya, too. She sang her new album song for the first time at the end of the show.

How did you come up with the idea of organizing your show in Turkey?
I was offered to design an outfit, when David Beckham wanted to organize a charity event for Kirsty Howard who suffers from situs ambiguus and I accepted it gladly. It was a successful night. That night, I decided to do something in my country and this was how the foundation was laid for my fashion show in Konya for the homeless children.

What inspired you for the Anatolia Seljukian Collection?
My collection was supposed to be unique to this land since the show would be in here. Konya was the capital of Seljukian. I was highly impressed by the research that I had done on the Seljukian. It is the starting point of civilization, sciences, and arts… The white color was the color of the Seljukian flag, so I reflected this in my collection. I also used leather and strings that used to be used during their period.

Did you grow up in Konya?
No, my family is from the village of İsmil. It is 25 minutes away from the center. We moved to Bursa when we were young because of my father’s job. I grew up in Gemlik.

Where did you study design?
I studied for two years at FMS, which is a fashion design school in Bursa. Then, I began to work. I also studied Fashion Design at Manchester College for three years to advance my language skills.

What does nourish your creativity?
A book I read a movie I watch, anything, and everything… Even that chandelier that I see right now evokes many things… A leaf that fell when I was walking affected my collection last year.

How did you decide to create your own brand?
When we went to Manchester because of my husband’s job, we always had in mind to go back someday. Even when I was studying there, I did it with the thought that it would look good on my CV when I go back. After our stay was extended, I worked at a design workshop for 2 years and when I realized that we would stay longer, I decided to create my own brand.