Emerging fashion designer, Gulsha Chereli, is a native of Instanbul, Turkey now residing and working in New York City. Her background consists of earning her degree in Industrial Engineering then going on to pursue her Fashion Design studies at Milan's most prestigious fashion school, Instituto Marangoni. She later moved to New York and GULSHACHERELI was born, a line synonymous with her own life it would seem. Her pieces are structured, architectural, and brazen in nature, yet still convey a feeling of air and lightness. For her current Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Chereli was inspired by the artist, Antoni Gaudi. The symmetry between Gaudi's work and GULSHACHERELI's collection is apparent in subtle nuances. Guadi observed concepts of structures with limitless space, a feeling of sequence, fragmented with holes and partitions creating a divide without disrupting the feeling of open space by enclosing it with barriers. GULSHACHERELI speaks of these traits and a designer behind the curtain with a spirit of no barriers for women.
Can you describe your line and who is the GULSHACHERELI client?
I graduated from Milan's most prestigious school, Istituto Marangoni, and also from Parsons in New York. I also have a degree in Industrial Engineering. When creating a
piece for my line I challenge myself to create very structured and flattering designs. My line is very sophisticated and very detailed. I don’t just design for skinny people, I take all the body shapes into consideration. My clients feel edgy, and sexy yet very sophisticated.
Where do you draw inspiration from and what is the message you are trying to convey?
Usually I draw inspiration from various things like traditions, history and architecture.
My inspiration for the Spring/Summer Collection was the brilliant architect Gaudi. For my next collection (which is Fall/Winter), my inspiration was Ancient Japanese Warriors.
What do you look for in the fabrics you work with?
I look for texture. I don’t automatically go for glamorous or luxurious fabrics when I begin my fabric research in the beginning of each collection. I like to play with textures and create different layers. I can make any kind of fabric look and feel the exact same way any luxurious fabric would feel. I like to combine different kinds of fabrics and create dimensions.
What is your favorite piece you have ever designed and why?
My favorite piece was the taupe gown from the Spring/Summer Collection which is
known as my signature look. It’s very detailed, structured and has a lot of different
layers. It was definitely a challenge to create. Also it’s the most wanted and admired
piece from my Spring/Summer Collection.
What can the public expect from your next collection?
My next collection also consists of a lot of layers, textures and different combinations of
fabrics. I like to play with juxtaposition of hard and soft fabrics such as silks & leathers.