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in Istanbul in 1968, Atil Kutoglu graduated from the German Lycée
in Istanbul and went to Vienna, Austria to study business administration.
When still at high school in Istanbul he was already freelancing
for the country’s leading fashion companies Vakko and Beymen.
After completing his business administration studies at the University
of Economics in Vienna, Atil Kutoglu presented his first collection
with the help of a grant from the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Helmut
Zilk. At the 1993 Munich Fashion Week he was awarded “The City
of Munich” prize as the best newcomer. This was followed in 1994
by the „DIVA-Woolmark“ prize for the best Austrian fashion designer,
awarded by the IWS - International Wool Secretariat and Austria’s
„DIVA“ fashion magazine, given to Atil Kutoglu at a big gala in
the Vienna City Hall.
In 1994-96, fashion shows in Düsseldorf, Milan and New York were
given an enthusiastic reception and reviews, particularly by the
American press, e.g. „The New York Times”, WWD, Elle etc. and
the retail trade. At the 1996 „Salzburger Gespräche” - “Salzburg
Conversations” textile symposium, Atil Kutoglu was awarded the
coveted Salzburg Prize by the German Publishers Guild and the
Austrian fashion paper “Die österreichische Textilzeitung”.
In 1997 Kutoglu opened the first „Vienna Fashion Days“ with a
fashion show at which Countess Pilar von Goëss – a leading trendsetter
in Europe and Austria and a celebrated model in the Seventies,
returned to the catwalk for Atil Kutoglu. He also designed a special
silk scarf collection for the Archduchesse of Austria Francesca
von Habsburg, whose ARCH Foundation organized the exhibition „The
St. Petersburg Muraqqa“ which featured oriental miniatures and
examples of calligraphy from past centuries. The “Muraqqa”-inspired
and Kutoglu-designed scarf collection was presented and sold at
In 1999, Atil Kutoglu was invited by Mrs. Berna Yilmaz, wife of
the Turkish Prime Minister to present his “Ottoman Collection”
on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the founding of OTTOMAN
EMPIRE with a gala fashion show in the renowned Yildiz Palace
in Istanbul. 150 specially designed, Ottoman-inspired outfits
were presented and nearly 50 international media representatives
reported from the show.
In 2000, the curators of Gustav Klimt´s big millenium retrospective
“Klimt and the Women” exhibition in the Belvedere Palace Museum
in Vienna, chose 27 designs of Atil Kutoglu to be displayed next
to Klimt paintings as a fashion exhibition. They demonstrated
parallels in the works of the big painter and Atil Kutoglu, as
to the sources of inspiration and subjects to be dressed – or
painted (famous women) being similar. The exhibition was opened
with a big fashion show by Atil Kutoglu in the Belvedere Palace.
Atil Kutoglu also organized a big fashion gala in December 2004
in the renowned Hofburg Palace in Vienna under the patronage of
H.E. Dr. Ursula Plassnik, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
of Austria. The two recent collections of the designer were presented
by a 27 models team walking down a 70-meters-long runway. The
gala being prior to the EU- assembly date to announce that negotiations
with Turkey would start also marked a friendly gesture between
the two countries Turkey and Austria.
In 2006, the presentation of the Atil Kutoglu collection was the
star act at the “EU-Fashion Summit” gala in Vienna´s Hofburg Palace,
organized by The Austrian Ministry for Culture. During the EU-Presidency
of Austria, 26 young designers were invited to Vienna to show
their work. The evening was crowned with a full fashion show of
the new Kutoglu collection, well received by international guests
like fashion designer Valentino Garavani, respected artist Rem
Koolhaas, Fiona Swarovski from the Swarovski dynasty and many
ministers, ambassadors, and representatives of the international
Since 1999, Atil Kutoglu has been presenting his collections at
the New York Fashion Week with a fashion show. In 2009, he opened
the first “Kutoglu flagship store” in Turkey. The 170 m2 store
is located in the trendy Nisantasi neighbourhood in Istanbul and
has been designed by the Italian architect Claudio Nardi with
an airy but minimalist concept.
In 2009 and 2010 Atil Kutoglu opened the newly featured “IFW –
Istanbul Fashion Week” with fashion shows, sending international
topmodel friends like Alek Wek, Alexandra Richards and Franziska
Knuppe on his catwalk.
The influence of Orient is always present in Atil Kutoglu´s collections.
His favourite materials are silk, cotton, wool and cashmere blends
as well as leather. Kutoglu remains faithful to his oriental roots
and his designs often transport women to a mystical world. Clients
and admirers of the Kutoglu designs include members of the aristocracy
and show business personalities such as actresses Jessica Alba,
Molly Sims, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anna Paquin, Princess Ira von
Fürstenberg, Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor,
Archduchesse Francesca von Habsburg of Austria, Prince Hubertus
von Hohenlohe, Arriana Boardman, Mica Ertegün, Naomi Campbell,
Elizabeth Jagger, Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Gabi Pröll, wife
of the Vice-Prime Minister of Austria and Dr. Claudia Schmied,
Austrian minister for Arts, Culture and Education.