Mert Serbest

Born 1996

Mert Serbest

Excerpt from the Fashion Movie


Designer Mert Serbest's collection is inspired by the clash between the Bulgarian communist regime and the Turkish minority during the 1980s, which was marked by a forced assimilation policy.

When legendary Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoğlu fled from Bulgaria in protest, he played a significant role in the Turkish minority's escape to Turkey when the borders opened in 1989.

Designer Mert Serbest’s family was one of the survivors from this regime, leaving what had become their motherland to become “others” in their own country of origin in order to gain their freedom. The collection is an act of rebellion against this assimilation policy, a cry for freedom highlighting that the world is large enough to welcome people from different backgrounds.

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In the realm of fashion, where trends ebb and flow like tides, Mert's "MotherLANDs" collection stands as a testament to the enduring power of cultural heritage and the boundless potential of innovation. When you look closely at this collection, you are transported on a captivating journey through time, space, and tradition by the designer. The interplay of textures and materials is nothing short of mesmerizing, a symphony of tactile sensations that evoke a sense of both familiarity and novelty. Traditional techniques are deftly reimagined, seamlessly blended with contemporary elements to create a wholly original aesthetic. Mert's storytelling prowess shines through, imbuing each garment with a rich narrative that resonates without ever veering into the realm of costume.

The collection's educational element is subtle yet profound, seamlessly weaving history into the fabric of fashion. As you admire the intricate details and meticulously curated ensembles, you find yourself delving into the past, uncovering a forgotten chapter that enriches your understanding of the present. Avant-garde extravagance meets everyday wearability in this collection, a delicate balancing act that Mert executes with finesse. The avant-garde spirit is evident in the bold silhouettes, the fusion of unexpected materials, and the audacious juxtaposition of prints. Yet, these elements are seamlessly integrated into garments that exude both style and practicality, effortlessly transitioning from runway to street.The tailoring is impeccable, each stitch a testament to Mert's meticulous attention to detail. The precision of craftsmanship is evident in every seam, every curve, every embellishment. It is this unwavering commitment to quality that elevates the collection from mere fashion to wearable art. In "MotherLANDs," Mert not only showcases his mastery of storytelling and design, but also his exceptional ability to curate and harmonize diverse elements. The medley of fabrics, prints, and textures could easily have descended into chaos, but Mert's deft hand orchestrates a harmonious symphony of visual delights.

This collection is a testament to the transformative power of fashion, its ability to transport us through time, educate us about the past, and inspire us to embrace the richness of our cultural heritage. Mert has not merely created a collection of clothes; he has crafted an immersive experience that leaves an indelible mark on the mind and soul.

Tom Eerebout

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