TUGCE OZOCAK

...continuously searching for feminine beauty

Tugce Ozocak was born in Turkey, Istanbul, and grew up with a vibe of a big cosmopolitan city. In 2003 she did an exchange year, moved to west Belgium and attended a technical school for fashion design. That’s where her interest in fashion started. Excited by the Academy of Antwerp’s graduate show in 2004, she started collecting her artistic works and attending lessons at the Yeditepe University as a guest student in order to build up a strong portfolio. In 2005 she finally applied and passed the Royal Academy’s entry examination. In 2007 Tugce, together with a friend, organised an exhibition called "Lost in the Golden Frame" including works of Walter Van Beirendonck. Her collection, "Kiraz Kız", received two awards and a satisfying amount of publications. Tugce’s collection was furthermore displayed in Louis’ shop windows in Antwerp as part of an award for the most promising collection. Tugce was also given the ASAP Photographic Services Award for the most photogenic collection in 2008.

Tugce founded her own label ‘TUGCE OZOCAK’ and already sells at Bukabutik in Istanbul. Her creativity and inspiration come from her travels and a mix between the reality she lives in and her own fantasy world. Her designs reflect her character; playful and melancholic at the same time. She wants to present feminine beauty with her long and short colourful silk dresses. Heading for her master's degree, she is in continuous search of her ideal woman for her new collection.

Nothing inspires me like...
Travelling and good music.

I hope...
I can win more awards and competitions.

Cultural influences...
Are important as inspiration.

I got where I am...
Through hard work, trust in myself and the peaceful feeling that my family gave me.

Fashion can sometimes be...
Be misunderstood.

Money makes...
More money.

I dance like...
Ian Curtis.

Faith in...
Fake out.

Love...
Has no answers but lot of questions.

My dreams are...
My everything.

There's a new...
Collection by Tugce Ozocak coming up.

I'm a perfectionist...
Full stop.

My mum...
Is everything.

Incompetence...
Is not knowing yourself.

I love getting older...
Because I gain more energy and passion for exploring new things in life.