A high-profile Turkish fashion designer Cemil İpekçi held a fashion show in the U.S. capital to draw attention to the issue of violence against women. İpekçi launched the show on yesterday in cooperation with the Turkish Embassy and the women's rights organization Vital Voices.
In the show, titled "In time, together: Turkey's march for women," 40 selected pieces from İpekci's previous collections will be exhibited. One collection of Ottoman-style garments, which İpekci first introduced in 2000, "A Story of the East," combines several of his works reflecting post-Ottoman design.
İpekci told Anadolu Agency that the event will be "a protest against violence against women; a fashion show striking an attitude against violence." The veteran designer said that it was very upsetting to hear more frequently about violence against women.
"A woman should be aware of her power," İpekci said. "She should know that she is not an object. She should know this herself in the first place."
He claimed that as women take up more roles in business, education and politics, violence against woman would decrease, adding that education was needed so men do not think they have the right to be violent with their wives or partners.
He also said that Turkey has set a significant pace in terms of fashion. "Turkey is the second-biggest shoe producer and comes first in clothing," he claimed, adding that Turkish designers have come to be known around the globe.
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