If Istanbul’s romantic rooftop views work their customary magic, you may suddenly find yourself needing one of costume designer Bilge Mestci’s opulent, Ottoman-inspired bridal gowns in silk and Indian lace. If you’re still single, don’t fret: Artisan’s ball gowns and evening dresses—haute couture and ready-to-wear—are every bit as splendid. (They would also be suitable for a second, nonwhite wedding). Mestci’s background as an art collector and theater designer ensures that every dress is not only a work of art but a full-on drama.
Visit Mestci’s nearby Artisan art gallery too (Müfide Küley Sokak 32/1, Nişantaşı). Orhan Peker’s animal figures and Anatolian landscapes, in particular, reflect this designer’s sensual, slightly haunted taste.