Zeynep Kartal is one of the most successful Turkish designers, who made a name for herself in the international fashion scene. The U.K.-based Kartal’s designs have graced the red carpets on world-renowned artists including Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue. Kartal also made history as the only fashion designer in the world that has ever organized a fashion show at the British parliament. However, despite her global success, Kartal is the target of prejudice for being a Turkish citizen.
As a part of a panel session organized by the Küçükçekmece Municipality in Istanbul, Kartal talked about her career and the obstacles that she has to overcome as a Turkish designer. She said she has never forgotten about her roots despite the fact that becoming a globally recognized designer who works with world stars.
For Kartal, working hard and never giving up from your dreams are key to success. Kartal introduced her brand to the fashion world in 2013, following more than 20 years of experience in the industry in a variety of areas including textile, design, production and marketing. Mesmerizing her followers with modern lines and elegant silhouettes, Kartal’s designs are sought by American and British celebrities.
Last year, Kartal made headlines with her special collection focusing on democracy following the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Kartal presented her collection of 20 pieces at the Turkish embassy in London. The most outstanding piece of the collection was the dress which was made with photos taken during the night of the coup attempt.