As a sponsor of the House of iKons Fashion Week London, Zarya Azadi is representing a Kurdish solo segment with the title "The Hidden Beauty of Kurdistan" highlighten the beautiful art and culture of the Kurdish people. Introducing eight talented Kurdish fashion designers from different regions of Kurdistan giving us a sneak peek of their work and collections during the digital fashion show on the 19th September 2020, and 27th February 2021 and preparing for the live show at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on the 17-19 September 2021.
The fashion show will be broadcasted on one of the biggest Kurdish TV channel Rudaw TV as the main media sponsor.
"The five designers that I have chosen so far and who will be part of the digital fashion show as well as the live show are very talented and been in this industry for many years. All of them have their unique life story of how they moved from Kurdistan to Europe and how they pursued their dreams of becoming a fashion designer with all the hardships they faced. I am immensely proud of each one of them as they all have come a long way."
- Zarya Azadi
Interview with She Hustle Collective
by international journalist, Jules Lavallee
á la mode by Ala Hadji is originally from Zaxo, now based in Berlin, Germany. Ala Hadji is very divers in her work; she not only designs her own collection of modern, elegant and western fashion but also Kurdish traditional clothing. She also offers her services to various designers from Berlin for the completion of their collections for the Berlin Fashion Week and also teaches sewing classes 1-2 days a week. Her customers range from a normal audience to designers and VIPs. She’s designed clothing for one of the judges of Germany’s Next Top Model by Heidi Klum and also the international music singer Ilira.
Atelier by Khoshkar Horre is originally from Afrin, now based in London, UK. Khoshkar Horre creates from the heart and soul in order to empower women. He is encouraging women to show their femininity, to learn new styling habits, while being taught how to dress, not with just clothes but to dress their spirit with confidence and uniqueness. This is the main ethos of his brand. With the strong yet feminine designs can be worn casually, professionally and on the red carpet. He is constantly complementing the female form with high end fashion and couture fashion. He comes from a family of tailors with established business since the 1850s based in Afrin. Now he has gained a tremendous following and designing for VIP’s and athletes like football players David Luiz, Willian Borges Da Silva and Giani Franco.
The designer Inci Hakbilen is originally from Haymana, now based in Hamburg, Germany. With the fashion brand of the same name Inic Hakbilen is mainly focused on bridal and evening wear but also designs traditional Kurdish clothing and street wear using Kurdish fabrics. The combination with modern style and traditional patterns is extremely interesting and beautiful. For the last few years Inci Hakbilen has been creating modern street wear using the colours of Mesopotamia and traditional fabrics for her own fashion shows. I personally like to see more of this on the runway. She’s been in the fashion industry for over 30 years and would like to create a fashion show in Diyarbakir or Instanbul as one of her last fulfilling dreams as a fashion designer. I would like to support her with this dream.
JoJo Braut & Abendmode by Nesrin Hassan originally from Rojava now based in Bochum, Germany. This fashion brand only focuses on bridal and evening wear with the specialty in haute couture bridal dresses. Nesrin Hasan designs the dresses, fits them and also accepts special requests. Her bridal dresses are princess-worthy gowns. Her costumers travel from various countries from Europe to choose a wedding dress and have it adjusted according to their wishes. JoJo Braut & Abendmode will be closing the Kurdish solo segment ‘The hidden beauty of Kurdistan’ with her extravagant and royal-looking wedding dresses.
Yadê Couture by Sadiye Demir is originally from Mardin, now based in Bern, Switzerland. Sadiye Demir works with a lot of joy and passion to develop ideas for clothes together with her customers. These individual creations and designs are unique for casual and evening wear. She uses feminine colours in combination with masculine mixed cuts to embody elegance. This will be Yadê Couture’s first fashion collection starting and showcasing at the House of iKons Fashion Show London. We have already seen a huge transformation and progress of her during the last few weeks, she’s a true professional and I personally am very proud of Sadiye’s ambitions and hard work. This is exactly what this fashion show is about, providing emerging designers an international platform.
Bahar Yasin Studios by Bahar Yasin is originally from Zaxo, now based in Stockholm, Sweden. All her creations are made from vintage, secondhand and recycled fabrics. Her art is very conceptual, mixes different qualities with different structures, this to resemble the complexities of us women. Playing with volumes is also an essential aspect in the process. Her creations are influenced by the current climate - both politically and environmentally. Bahar wants to create pieces that doesn’t impact our planet and speaks to the individual. One of her goals is to bring awareness to this cause. Bahar wants to inspire future women around the world, letting them know that we can shape our own lives despite our heritage, sexual orientation, social status and/or colour of our skin. She aspires to inspire with her creations.
g.seven by Gülistan Taylan is originally from Batman, now based in Hannover, Germany. She has been a fashion designer for many years, started at a young age. It’s been a family tradition in her family but she’s the only one in her family who took over the skills as a dress maker, next to her cousins and aunties. She uses light, transparent, statin, silk, tulle and full embroidered fabrics to create modern evening gowns using a touch of Kurdish fabrics and colours. Her fashion style embodies elegance, romance, femininity and self-confidence. Gülistan has accomplished her training in fashion design and as a professional tailor, even had her own trainees when she was self-employed since the age of 23 running the family business on her own. Later she accomplished higher education in fashion design but took a break to raise her own little family and has started again by rebranding her business.