A Moment With Tülay Dinçel




Each year, Dilettante awards a fashion graduate from North Metropolitan TAFE the opportunity to realise and showcase a collection of work as part of their mentorship program. 






Do you feel your aesthetic has changed during your study?

Definitely. Through all my studies and research I was constantly discovering new and exciting design or re-discovering old things I like. Naturally, it rubs off and still continues to change each day as a result. 





Was there a particular collection or designer that ignited your love for fashion?

I'm going to be really honest and say it was 90's Gianni Versace, (laughs) but that was about 15 years ago.





Tell us about the story behind your graduate collection.

The concept of my grad collection was informed by many of my own memories growing up. I drew from Turkish culture and how I interpret it in conjunction with personal experience and then expressing that with a subtle culture clash.

It’s probably not seen like that by other people, but when I look at my grad collection it makes heaps of sense to me.




If you could work for one fashion house who would it be and why?

It would have to be Comme des Garçons, purely because they are groundbreaking and remain to be ahead of their time. Even collections from 20 years ago are ahead of today in my eyes.
To this day my favourite collection ever is their FW93 collection.   





If you could give somebody who is about to embark on a fashion design degree a piece of advice, what would it be?

Just to be prepared to have no money and no social life! (laughs) But more importantly, never underestimate the cost of fabric!



So what’s next for Tülay Dinçel?

I’m moving to Antwerp with my fiancé so I am currently looking to get an internship at a fashion house there. Until then, I’m working 9 to 5 to save money so I’m able to do that. ✹





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