MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK ISTANBUL / September 12-15, 2017
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DICE KAYEK

DICE KAYEK

Designers

Dice Kayek is a Paris based couture house created in 1992 by Turkish sister duo Ece and Ayse Ege. Living and working between Istanbul and Paris, they are continuously reinventing tradition by reinterpreting their eastern heritage with a western approach. Their couture pieces pay homage to Ottoman architecture and crafts to create bold contemporary garments. Each Dice Kayek collection builds on the brand’s philosophy of impeccable construction, highest quality materials, and timeless style signature.

Since its first show at the Institut du Monde Arabe during Paris Fashion Week in 1993, Dice Kayek has been defying the norms of temporality in fashion. Challenging gravity and ephemerality, Dice Kayek dresses are structured like architectural sculptures making use of innovative fabrics and ingenious techniques. The rigidity of minimalistic forms is contrasted by feminine folds, drapings and somptuous ornaments, creating an compelling balance between modernist force and delicate sensuality.

Dice Kayek has become a member of the prestigious Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et Créateurs de Mode in 1994. The high fashion house has been showcasing their collections at the very selective Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week since 2014.

Dice Kayek has also shown their collections at fashion weeks in Seoul, Istanbul, and Tokyo. In addition, they have built pop-up stores within iconic department stores such as Galeries Lafayette (Paris), Fenwick (London) and Saks Fifth Avenue (New York). Today, the distinctive designs of Dice Kayek are distributed in 35 countries over five continents.

In 2004, Dice Kayek joined forces with the Ayaydın-Miroglio Group to create the Turkish contemporary ready-to-wear brand Machka. Ece Ege was named creative director of Machka, while also serving as a consultant for many international brands.

Dice Kayek’s crossdisciplinary practice encompassing art, design and craftsmanship has been praised beyond the fashion world. In 2014, with their groundbreaking “Istanbul Contrast” collection, Dice Kayek became the first fashion house ever to win the prestigious Jameel Prize, an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition bestowed by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. “Istanbul Contrast” is a couture collection that extracts the essence of Istanbul’s diverse historical heritage and translates the city’s cultural and social contradictions into sculptural dresses. Following the succes of its first display at the Ritz Bar during Paris Fashion Week in 2009, the collection has been exhibited at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2010), Istanbul Modern Museum of Art (2010), Amsterdam Museum (2012) and within the Jameel Prize exhibition at the V&A, London (2014), Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre, Kazan (2014), New Manege, Moscow (2014), Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015) and National Library Gallery, Singapore (2015). The V&A has even acquired Dice Kayek’s award-winning Hagia Sophia, Dome and Caftan dresses for the museum’s permanent collection.

Furthermore, Dice Kayek’s futuristic fashion film “White” has been featured at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennale (2014) curated by Zoë Ryan. Dice Kayek has also been an avid supporter of Unicef and Red Cross projects. In 2010, the France-Euro-Mediterranean Association awarded Ece Ege for her endeavors in encouraging interaction between European and Turkish cultures.