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Turkish fashion show highlights violence against women

Turkish designer Cemil Ipekci (2nd L) with the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic (R), and his wife (2nd R) prepare for his fashion show in Washington, USA on April 13, 2015.
Turkish designer Cemil Ipekci (2nd L) with the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic (R), and his wife (2nd R) prepare for his fashion show in Washington, USA on April 13, 2015.

(AA) – A high-profile Turkish fashion designer is to hold a show in the U.S. capital to draw attention to the issue of violence against women.

Cemil Ipekci will launch the fashion show on Tuesday in cooperation with the Turkish embassy and a women’s rights organization called Vital Voices.

In the show – entitled “In time, together: Turkey’s march for women,” – 40 selected pieces from Ipekci’s previous collections will be exhibited.

One collection, which Ipekci introduced first in 2000, consists of Ottoman-style garments while “A Story of the East” combines several of his works reflecting post-Ottoman design.

Ipekci told The 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,” Ipekci 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 sons would not resort to violence against wives or partners.

Ipekci also said that he would try to give voice to “today’s Turkey” in the U.S., adding that there are too many stereotypes against Turkey in the West.

“Turkey, very much like the U.S., is a society with different lifestyles, segments and ideologies,” he said. “We are not as we are seen from outside; we are a very advanced society because, within the course of diversification, everybody has begun to enjoy his own lifestyle, his character.”

The designer 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 across the globe.

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