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Meet Our Tutors: Mehtap Gungormez

Mehtap Gungormez
Mon 14 Sep

WdKA is delighted to welcome Mehtap Gungormez, who joins our team of tutors in the academic year 2020-2021.

Mehtap Gungormez started observing fashion as a cultural phenomenon during her BA Cultural Studies at the Erasmus University and at the MA-programma Fashion Curation at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. After her studies, she worked as fashion and style journalist at Elsevier STIJL and later on for titles such as Vogue, FD Persoonlijk and as menswear editor and trend forecaster for Textilia. Nowadays she is still a journalist for magazines like ELLE Decoration and a men’s fashion trend forecaster for Textilia. For Mehtap, fashion is about more than only clothes: it’s the field where sociology, politics, economics and anthropology meet.

What is your branch of knowledge and subject?

Fashion Theory

What is your source of inspiration?

I am always observing people on the streets, the way they act, behave and what they are wearing.

What defines you as a tutor? Your strongest points?

I think I have a relaxed and open attitude and I am always looking for a dialogue with my students.

What is your dream/goal as a tutor?

I would like to teach students to understand the fashion world and learn to see the industry with a 'helicopter view'. By learning to zoom out and see ‘the bigger picture’, they can find their role in this field.

Name one item from your bucket list?

I don’t really have a bucket list, but I am still hoping I will speak fluent French, Spanish and Italian one day.

Whom would you call true innovator?

In fashion design, I would go for Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and Miuccia Prada. Chanel was always ahead of her time, because of the way she liberated women through her designs. And Miuccia Prada has a political background and is a very intelligent designer; she is always a true innovator because of the new aesthetics she introduces. Where everyone goes right, Miuccia goes left.


Header image: photography MennoBouma