Clothes from the Past– The sculptural clothing of Belgin Yucelen

Clothes from the Past” installation of sculptural garments redefines a past culture’s sophistication in a contemporary form.  I recreated the clothes worn by women and children in Turkey and Europe between the 17th and 19th centuries using metal mesh and imaginary ornaments. By adding my own designs in the form of calligraphy and three dimensional elements such as transparent spheres, mesh tulips or silk crescents, I attempted to incite a dialogue between the past and the present. I am interested in tracing shifts over time in cultural values by referencing history, anthropology, literature and architecture. This exhibit allowed me to portray a transition in my own culture in the form of garments.~Belgin Yucelen