A world-renowned Turkish fashion brand has emerged after a series of speculation as the designer of the wedding dress of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter Sümeyye Erdoğan.
Ayşe Ege, one of the co-founders of fashion house Dice Kayek, confirmed to daily Hürriyet columnist Ertuğrul Özkök that they designed the wedding dress.“Maybe you will not believe but on the very first day when I saw the design resembling a cloak on the shoulders of the wedding dress of Sümeyye Bayraktar, I said ‘This resembles a Dicle Kayek design so much.’ A designer friend of mine called yesterday. When I asked who designed it, he said, ‘I do not know, but my guess is Dice Kayek.’ I called them and asked about it. Ayşe, one of the two sisters of Dice Kayek, said, ‘Yes we did it.’ When I asked, ‘Why did you not say so?’ she answered, ‘Costumer privacy. We would not have told anyone unless you ask,’” Özkök wrote in his column on May 27.
Ece also said she was inspired by an old purple velvet dress embroidered with silver thread while designing the wedding dress.
Founded by sisters Ece and Ayşe Ege in 1992, Dice Kayek is based in Paris and operates in 35 countries around the world.
Sümeyye Erdoğan and Selçuk Bayraktar, the defense sector industrialist who develops unmanned air vehicles with his father, Özdemir Bayraktar, tied the knot on May 14 at a ceremony in the Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul.
The president’s daughter studied sociology and politics at Indiana University in the United States before earning a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Bayraktar graduated from Istanbul Technical University in 2002. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Baykar, the company run by Selçuk Bayraktar, Özdemir Bayraktar and his two brothers, has been developing drones for both the Turkish military and other countries.