Burç Akyol, 32, was born in Dreux, France to Turkish parents. He was raised in a household headed by strongwomen: his mother, two sisters and aunt. They had a lasting impact on Akyol, who as a male outsider to thisrealmoforiental womenobserved and interpreted gestures, dress codes and ways ofspeaking so as to gain passageintotheir world. “I would wear black because they always did and applykohl on my eyes to say“I want to bewithyou”,” says the designer.His father, a tailor, subcontracted for Parisiancouture housesandworked from home, where Akyol’sbedroomwasalso the atelier. Akyol watched his father and learnt how to craft garments and sew,educating himself in therigorous artisanal work of tailoring.Moving to Paris in 2005 to study fashion at l’Institut Français de la Mode, Akyol worked multiple side jobs andsoldhis paintings topay forhis studies. Leaving school in 2006, he gained experience at ChristianDior under JohnGalliano, Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière and at Emanuel Ungaro withEsteban Cortazar. In2014, he wasnamed head of collections at Cortazar’s namesake brand.In 2019, Akyol decided to launch his own label and debuted agenderless artisanal collection celebrating feminine seduction in both women and men, creating awardrobefor “sexy tragédien-nes” as thedesigner explains.Hispieces are always very revealing and austere at thesame time, whispering hot andcold, just like the women he grewup with.Burç Akyol’sworkis not seasonal; his collections are styledCOLL 01 PART 01,02,etc. This is because he isbuilding a language close to Haute Couture,which takes time. When he designs, he taps into hisobsessions forCariatides, dramatic glamour and hislovefor black tuxedo-tailoring which Akyol says is”the perfect uniform”.He also references female leadership and his multicultural heritageina constant dialogue between hisurbanEuropean upbringing and his Oriental roots: a mixturethathe finds is best visiblearound theMediterranean’svolcaniccoasts,where Akyol spends his summers on the island of Pantelleria.In harmony with his love for craftsmanship, each piece is either hand-finished or entirely hand-made at hisstudio inthe 8th arrondissement of Paris. Akyol values his wearer above all and is in constant search toofferthembothmaintenance and seduction: he says he is “distant-flirting” with his customers.His collectionshave been featuredinternationally with high profile personalities wearing hispieces starting withCardi B and Zendaya for the BritishVogueand the launch of his collection first collection was coveredbyVogueTalentsfor VogueItaly. With his latest addition toCOLL 01,Akyol staged his first physicalshowin Paris on March21stfor Fall Winter 2022.