Dilara Findikoglu blends high fashion with gothic horror. Appropriately then, the London-based Turkish-born designer showed her SS19 collection at Dennis Severs’ house in East London, a recreation of an 18th-century Huguenot silk weaver home. Findikoglu’s choice of location and her decision to show her new collection off-schedule on Halloween aligns perfectly with her dramatic design sensibilities and rebellious nature.
Titled “May the Darkness Light the Way,” the SS19 collection — bridal-like dresses, flower-inspired bodysuits, and intricate headwear — was showcased in various themed rooms throughout the house.
Commenting on her decision to skip the traditional fashion week calendar, Findikoglu told Love magazine, “Fashion week’s become this thing where too much is thrown into it and the value of real fashion is lost. I feel that there’s too much going on at the same time, so it’s difficult for everyone to experience the show.”
Findikoglu also released three short films shot in the style of “found footage” horror movies like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. The films’ themes explore child marriage, alien cover-ups, and accusations against Findikoglu by Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who likened the designer’s SS18 presentation to a “satanic orgy.”
Check out the SS19 collection above and watch the first of the short films below.
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