Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AN INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNER MATTHAN GORI : WHEN THE SYMBIOSIS OF EAST & WEST CREATES BEAUTY!

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection



When we discovered that MATTHAN GORI would be attending the Unconventional Wedding District with a preview of his latest Bridal collection we were overjoyed.  Matthan Gori’s garments and accessories have been featured in many magazines including Vogue Accessory, Elle, Elle Bridal, Il Sole 24 Ore, Fashion Magazine and numerous fashion blogs.  

“He’s a guy who creates garments from archite-couture” – Elle    


Born in Istanbul to a family with Italian origins. Istanbul, the city that brings together East and West has shaped his view of understanding the world and influenced his aesthetic taste. His studies brought him to Italy, where he graduated from Politecnico di Milano with distinction.

Matthan Gori moved to 3 Via Nerino to start his Maison in 2009 and has since been fashioning customized haute couture dresses for his customers.

 “More than a designer, Matthan is a modern couturier, a lover of craftmanship...” Luxury24 Il Sole 24 Ore

Matthan Gori A/W Collection 2012


Matthan, you were born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey from parents of Italian descent, how do you believe these two different cultures have influenced your style and designs?

My maternal grandfather was of Italian descent and growing up, it was important for him to speak to me in Italian. That’s why I choose to attend the Italian High school in Istanbul. I think the language that you speak influences the way that you think, and how you realize yourself as an individual. It meant that I never had two distinct cultures but lived both of them together in the same moment at the same place. First in Turkey and now in Italy.


You studied at the Politecnico di Milano, what memories do you have of your time there and how did this influence you in your career choices?
 Politecnico isn’t a distant memory for me as I currently teach  some of the fashion classes at Polimi. Fashion design at Polimi is taught in a multidisciplinary fashion, in addition to fashion subject students also study economics, marketing, management etc. Having this exposure influenced my decision to start my own fashion house.

How would you describe your latest collection?
 All my collections are a mental journey; they describe a part of my life, and my soul. For that it’s not possible for me, to separate them as a first, second or third collection. Rose et Papillion is the last stop where I stopped to rediscover myself.

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection


Which is your favorite piece of your collection and why?

I know that what I will tell you won’t sound very poetic, but it is true. When I create a collection, I never know which will be my favorite piece, because my favorite piece will be the one that will sell the most.

Which piece of the collection represents you the best?

For a parent, it’s not possible to separate their own children. What would you say if I asked you which one of your children represent you better? 
Can you tell us more about the “Simplesso” technique which got you to the finals of the 22nd Golden Compass Young Designer Award?

Simplesso is an innovative approach to contemporary design and pattern making. The fabric is cut by geometric patterns combined in a way that wastes no fabric, unlike traditional practices. Through Simplesso, I reduce the use of natural resources in my creations, envisioning an ethical, sustainable yet elegant future for fashion. My goal is to fashion my garments in an environmentally conscious way with the finest natural fabrics and high-end sewing.

Do you consider yourself a methodical designer who sits at their desk and sketches or are you the kind of designer who needs to be inspired and walks around with a sketchbook and pencil in their handbag just in case they are inspired by something they see, hear or feel?

No, ABSOLUMENT no!! For me a “dress is born out of the fabric”. To begin with, I decide which fabric I would like to use for a new dress, and then I start to sew the dress, or I drape the dress directly on a model. After that if I need to have a sketch to show to someone, I sketch the dress from the model.

Which designer today or from the past do you relate to most and why?
MADEMOISELLE (Coco Chanel)

How would you describe your typical client?  Who is the woman who buys Matthan designs?

I would not categorize my clients. As a couturier my commitment and my intent is to make unique dresses for all my Ladies. If you really want to hear a common feature that I believe that all my clients have, I could say that my Ladies are sophisticated women which are looking for a sober and eclectic world at the same time.

Is there a style icon you would wish to see wear your designs?

My style icon is not a person, but it is a film. I would love to create the costumes for a Ferzan Ozpetek movie.

You set up your brand several years ago what challenges did you face as a start-up company?
 If I start to talk about the challenges, we might not end this interview on a good note!

Have you ever regretted it?

Every second is repentance. Every second is a new beginning. I love being Matthan Gori
Matthan Gori Bridal Collection


 If you could turn back time is there anything you would do differently?

Everything and nothing. If I changed something, I’d lose the experience that I gained through it.

Incredibly you also find the time to teach at Final Synthesis Laboratory at the Fashion Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano, the Fashion Institute of Technology NY’s Milan program and the new fashion programme  of the American University of Technology in Beirut….what drives you?

You are right. It’s incredible that I could find time to do that.
I love teaching, I love sharing my time and expression with others and learning from students.  I was especially grateful to have the chance to teach in Beirut.

What can we expect from Matthan Gori over the next 5 years?

Matthan Gori has so far only produced for female customers. In 5 years, hopefully, Matthan Gori will not only be associated with women but also men.
Matthan Gori A/W 2012 Collection


Matthan Gori will present its Bridal Collection during Unconventional Wedding District’s 2012 runwayshow. In line with the vintage soul of this year’s event, inspired by the 1950s, burlesque and Fiat 500, Matthan Gori has fashioned seven romantic and exquisite bridal dresses. In these creations, the superb workmanship of the Maison blend with unconventional cuts resulting in forms and impressions that emphasize how femininity goes beyond appearance.

The fashion show will open with a performance by Matthan Gori where the designer will fashion an “instantaneous” Bridal Dress using “Simplesso” his innovative technique that brought him to the finals of the XXII ADI Golden Compass Young Designer Award and was featured in the 2011 edition of the prestigious ADI Design Index.


Two of the seven wedding dresses that will walk down the aisle are not to be missed: a mosaic wedding dress made from 3000 squares of fabric and a wedding dress fashioned entirely from paper with hundreds of strips hand braided to create a paper fabric. 

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection
For more information about the collection please contact the Matthan Gori's Customer Service Team who will be delighted to help.

To order online please go to the Matthan Gori  online boutique.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNER MATTHAN GORI : WHEN THE SYMBIOSIS OF EAST & WEST CREATES BEAUTY!

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection



When we discovered that MATTHAN GORI would be attending the Unconventional Wedding District with a preview of his latest Bridal collection we were overjoyed.  Matthan Gori’s garments and accessories have been featured in many magazines including Vogue Accessory, Elle, Elle Bridal, Il Sole 24 Ore, Fashion Magazine and numerous fashion blogs.  

“He’s a guy who creates garments from archite-couture” – Elle    


Born in Istanbul to a family with Italian origins. Istanbul, the city that brings together East and West has shaped his view of understanding the world and influenced his aesthetic taste. His studies brought him to Italy, where he graduated from Politecnico di Milano with distinction.

Matthan Gori moved to 3 Via Nerino to start his Maison in 2009 and has since been fashioning customized haute couture dresses for his customers.

 “More than a designer, Matthan is a modern couturier, a lover of craftmanship...” Luxury24 Il Sole 24 Ore

Matthan Gori A/W Collection 2012


Matthan, you were born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey from parents of Italian descent, how do you believe these two different cultures have influenced your style and designs?

My maternal grandfather was of Italian descent and growing up, it was important for him to speak to me in Italian. That’s why I choose to attend the Italian High school in Istanbul. I think the language that you speak influences the way that you think, and how you realize yourself as an individual. It meant that I never had two distinct cultures but lived both of them together in the same moment at the same place. First in Turkey and now in Italy.


You studied at the Politecnico di Milano, what memories do you have of your time there and how did this influence you in your career choices?
 Politecnico isn’t a distant memory for me as I currently teach  some of the fashion classes at Polimi. Fashion design at Polimi is taught in a multidisciplinary fashion, in addition to fashion subject students also study economics, marketing, management etc. Having this exposure influenced my decision to start my own fashion house.

How would you describe your latest collection?
 All my collections are a mental journey; they describe a part of my life, and my soul. For that it’s not possible for me, to separate them as a first, second or third collection. Rose et Papillion is the last stop where I stopped to rediscover myself.

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection


Which is your favorite piece of your collection and why?

I know that what I will tell you won’t sound very poetic, but it is true. When I create a collection, I never know which will be my favorite piece, because my favorite piece will be the one that will sell the most.

Which piece of the collection represents you the best?

For a parent, it’s not possible to separate their own children. What would you say if I asked you which one of your children represent you better? 
Can you tell us more about the “Simplesso” technique which got you to the finals of the 22nd Golden Compass Young Designer Award?

Simplesso is an innovative approach to contemporary design and pattern making. The fabric is cut by geometric patterns combined in a way that wastes no fabric, unlike traditional practices. Through Simplesso, I reduce the use of natural resources in my creations, envisioning an ethical, sustainable yet elegant future for fashion. My goal is to fashion my garments in an environmentally conscious way with the finest natural fabrics and high-end sewing.
Matthan Gori A/W 2012 Collection


Do you consider yourself a methodical designer who sits at their desk and sketches or are you the kind of designer who needs to be inspired and walks around with a sketchbook and pencil in their handbag just in case they are inspired by something they see, hear or feel?

No, ABSOLUMENT no!! For me a “dress is born out of the fabric”. To begin with, I decide which fabric I would like to use for a new dress, and then I start to sew the dress, or I drape the dress directly on a model. After that if I need to have a sketch to show to someone, I sketch the dress from the model.

Which designer today or from the past do you relate to most and why?
MADEMOISELLE (Coco Chanel)

How would you describe your typical client?  Who is the woman who buys Matthan designs?

I would not categorize my clients. As a couturier my commitment and my intent is to make unique dresses for all my Ladies. If you really want to hear a common feature that I believe that all my clients have, I could say that my Ladies are sophisticated women which are looking for a sober and eclectic world at the same time.

Is there a style icon you would wish to see wear your designs?

My style icon is not a person, but it is a film. I would love to create the costumes for a Ferzan Ozpetek movie.

You set up your brand several years ago what challenges did you face as a start-up company?
 If I start to talk about the challenges, we might not end this interview on a good note!

Have you ever regretted it?

Every second is repentance. Every second is a new beginning. I love being Matthan Gori
Matthan Gori Bridal Collection


 If you could turn back time is there anything you would do differently?

Everything and nothing. If I changed something, I’d lose the experience that I gained through it.

Incredibly you also find the time to teach at Final Synthesis Laboratory at the Fashion Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano, the Fashion Institute of Technology NY’s Milan program and the new fashion programme  of the American University of Technology in Beirut….what drives you?

You are right. It’s incredible that I could find time to do that.
I love teaching, I love sharing my time and expression with others and learning from students.  I was especially grateful to have the chance to teach in Beirut.

What can we expect from Matthan Gori over the next 5 years?

Matthan Gori has so far only produced for female customers. In 5 years, hopefully, Matthan Gori will not only be associated with women but also men.
Matthan Gori A/W 2012 Collection


Matthan Gori will present its Bridal Collection during Unconventional Wedding District’s 2012 runwayshow. In line with the vintage soul of this year’s event, inspired by the 1950s, burlesque and Fiat 500, Matthan Gori has fashioned seven romantic and exquisite bridal dresses. In these creations, the superb workmanship of the Maison blend with unconventional cuts resulting in forms and impressions that emphasize how femininity goes beyond appearance.

The fashion show will open with a performance by Matthan Gori where the designer will fashion an “instantaneous” Bridal Dress using “Simplesso” his innovative technique that brought him to the finals of the XXII ADI Golden Compass Young Designer Award and was featured in the 2011 edition of the prestigious ADI Design Index.


Two of the seven wedding dresses that will walk down the aisle are not to be missed: a mosaic wedding dress made from 3000 squares of fabric and a wedding dress fashioned entirely from paper with hundreds of strips hand braided to create a paper fabric. 

Matthan Gori Bridal Collection
For more information about the collection please contact the Matthan Gori's Customer Service Team who will be delighted to help.

To order online please go to the Matthan Gori  online boutique.

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