Dice Kayek is a fashion brand and we are fashion designers. Our designs are inspired by architecture and tradition. Although it’s very fashionable to become fashion designers these days, we decided to become fashion designers when we were very young girls. From the very beginning, from our childhood we were surrounded by textiles, silk and embroidery tradition.
‘Istanbul Contrast’ is a collection of nineteen dresses. All of these dresses are telling us a story of a city, Istanbul, which is a city of contrasts in the lifestyle, in the architecture and in everything, in every area.
This is the first time a fashion designer is nominated for the Jameel Prize and it’s very good timing because we are living in an era where fashion melts and meets with arts. It’s perfect timing and we are extremely honoured and extremely happy about it.
Polly Morgan is a British artist working in London. She rose to attention after learning taxidermy in 2004, when she began to play with and dismantle taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that have increasingly sidestepped symbolism in order to consider the animal formally.
You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.