New Gen is a platform founded by Istanbul Moda Academy designed to showcase and professionally support up-and-coming young designers. The goal is to prepare fresh talent who completed their fashion design education and introduce them into the fashion industry. New Gen guides participating designers in creativity, knowledge, management skills and merges these with production procedures to construct a professional collection, create their own brands and sustainability. This journey then finalises with the designers getting the opportunity to present their collections at Fashion Week Istanbul.
In 2015, Ezgi Yıldırım won Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Textile Department. She was one of ten finalists in the Koza Young Fashion Designers Competition in 2019, and as a result, she received Master Class education at the Istanbul Fashion Academy and the opportunity to take part in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as part of New Gen. For her, fashion is about sharing your emotions, feelings, and sometimes even what you can't.
Süreyya Süleymanoğlu earned her bachelor's degree in Textile and Fashion Design from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. In Italy, she began his graduate studies at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. For her, fashion is a way of defining change and the spirit of the time. It is a field that is constantly changing and evolving.
Mehmet Demir is a fashion and textile designer. His fascination with fashion began 20 years ago. Fashion, he believes, is a field that nurtures his spirit, transforms and improves his outlook, and keeps life exciting.
Aycan Hakalmaz was graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Textile Department. At IMA, he completed his Master Class schooling. She sees herself as a young artist with as lot of design and presentation ideas.
Selina Alp was born in the Netherlands. She moved to the US after graduating from Kandinsky College and attended Bartlesville High School of Theater and Fine Arts in Oklahoma. She returned to the Netherlands and began work at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague's textile and fashion design department. In 2016, she was admitted into Istanbul Fashion Academy, where she will graduate in 2020 with a degree in fashion design and technology. Forms, shapes, and patterns fascinate her. Her hopes that all of this will be reflected in her design understanding, and that it will inspire others.