Shop Cahide Bodur :
How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?
I am a contemporary British brand based in London. My designs are luxury and modern pieces created with experimental creative cutting and shaping. Collections are based on a concepts which shaped the garments, makes them unique and interesting. My brand focuses on construction and quality finishes. As well as creating wearable pieces, I also focus on statement pieces with timeless appeal complimenting the feminine silhouette.
I am experimental with style and techniques in both 2D and 3D where she uses collage, hand drawing, hand stitching, textile manipulation and print. My unique style gives my work a distinctive and contemporary style utilising an unusual combination of fabrics and colour.
What sort of comments do you get about your designs?
Usually comments are very positive and encouraging. I heard many times that pieces are unique. Detailed but wearable. Quality and finishes are very good.
What is your background?
I was born in Germany, Pinneberg and raised in Turkey, I moved to London in 1991, when I worked in administrative roles until I studied Fashion Design and Realisation at London College of Fashion. Graduated in 2011.
Which designers do you rate highly and why?
Undoubtedly, McQueen is the must highly rated designer for me. Chalayan inspires me, encourages me to experiment. Love love Gareth Pugh.
Classics are also massive inspiration; Channel, Dior, Valentino and many other….
Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…
Design process starts with deciding on concept and this could take a while; finding a subject exciting, moving so that you can explore the idea further and start researching. This means spending a lot of time in Libraries, visiting exhibitions, looking into anything interesting etc.. can take your idea to a design process. Coming up with design ideas can be in many ways, I usually experiment on mannequin, I prefer to see and feel the the fabric on a mannequin, see how it moves, shapes. Also great to draw all the time, amazing way to process your ideas by using various drawing techniques. Once you satisfied with your designs, start making the patterns and samples. Photo shoot and finding a market for your designs are the next steps to end your products on the shelves of a shop.
How do you think your brand has developed?
My brand start developing as soon as I graduated, with small steps but consistently. Start selling my garments was very encouraging and it pushed my brand further field to explore more and more.
What do you hate most about your job?
I only wish I have more time and energy for my designs. There is business side to run and it involves many other areas to work on it. But no hate at all, as long as love what you do, no problem. And I do.
What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future
Past achievements are various, creating my own brand and name, selling my garments in shops, having my garments worn by celebs, magazine editorials etc…Future to expose my up and coming collection, go further with selling and developing my brand globally.
What advice would you have for anyone starting out in (your field)?
Have a degree in Fashion, Hard work is must, Inspire by Art, Music, Nature, People, Be passionate, more importantly ” Love what you do”
Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?
Having Great Colleges, Freedom to Explore and Create, No boundaries. Amazing Galleries, Art events, London” with Many Opportunities, Creative and Open Minded People, Fabulous environment to feed the Creativity.