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Artisan Closed for Business

Zafer Sokak 5/1
Nişantaşı
Istanbul, Turkey
TEL: 90-212-234-4740

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.

Insider Tip:

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.

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