A top British Turkish fashion designer was named ‘Man of the Year’ by Harper’s Bazaar last week.
37-year-old Erdem Moralıoğlu picked up the award, alongside a host of famous female winners who were honoured by the magazine for their contributions to the creative industries and society.
Among the winners for Harper’s Bazaar 2015 Women of the Year Awards were Kate Winslet (British Icon Award), Nicole Kidman (Theatre Icon Award), Ellie Goulding (Best Musician Award) and Lara Stone as Model of the Year.
Erdem was the only male to be honoured at the celebrity-filled awards ceremony held last Tuesday at Claridges in central London. Last year, the same award was won by actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
The fashion designer’s profile has grown spectacularly since launching his own label in 2005. In the past decade, he has dressed some of the most famous ladies on the planet, from film stars such as Keira Knightley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, and Marion Cotillard, to fashion icon Alexa Chung and royalty. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is among his biggest fans and regularly wears his dresses for her public engagements.
About Erdem Moralıoğlu www.erdem.com
Erdem is Canadian-born, with a Turkish father and an English mother. He grew up between Montreal and Birmingham, England.
He graduated in fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto, before working as an intern for Vivienne Westwood.
In 2000, he moved to London to study fashion at the Royal College of Art and after receiving his master’s degree in 2003, he moved to New York where he worked alongside Diane von Furstenberg. Two years later, he relocated to Britain and launched his own ready-to-wear label, Erdem.
The couture label has become renowned for its elegant designs, where delicate ideas mix with bold fashion statements that use experimental textiles and vibrant prints.
A darling of London Fashion Week, Erdem has received numerous accolades over the years, including: the 2008 British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Award; the 2010 inaugural Vogue / British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, the 2012 British Fashion Council’s New Establishment Award, the 2013 British Fashion Council’s Red Carpet Award and the 2014 British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
Today Erdem is sold in over 170 of the most exclusive retailers around the world, such as Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in London.
In Turkey, his clothes can be found in Ankara and Istanbul in branches of Harvey Nichols, Polar Moda and Beymen. Splash in Limassol, south Cyprus, is also an official stockist.
Over the summer, Erdem opened his debut flagship store, located at 70 South Audley Street in Mayfair.