"Madam Z" museum in Eskisehir: Zuhal Yorgancioglu Fashion Design Museum

Turkey's first shining fashion designer from Izmir, Zuhal Yorgancıoğlu's designs prepared by presenting a permanent collection of more than 70 years of intense and energetic work are exhibited in "Eskişehir Fashion Design Museum". Zuhal Yorgancıoğlu's life story, which started in 1926, is now meeting with new generations in this museum. Shedding light on her creative life and art; this museum, where she keeps our cultural and artistic richness and values alive, seems to inspire future generations.

Let's talk about the details of the museum; 52 designs of Yorgancıoğlu that emphasize Turkish culture and art are exhibited in the museum. 

In the museum, we can see that Zuhal Yorgancıoğlu, who introduces Turkish culture and folklore to the world with great stage shows with her dance, music, mise-en-scene and decor in her fashion shows, usually highlights Bursa silk and local hand weavings with historical motifs in her works. In other words, the clothes in the museum are not just clothes, we can also see her own embroidery, creativity and designs on those clothes. The designs she has designed with our magnificent local fabrics by reviving our dying art of embroidery are quite dazzling.

Zuhal Yorgancıoğlu's fashion sense does not care about the changes in length and form in clothes, but the depth felt in the fabrics and the people who carry them. She designed and reflected her clothes by preferring Bursa silk and local hand-woven fabrics. While Yorgancıoğlu continued this line, she also took her place in the wardrobes of Jacqueline Onasis, the wife of US presidents John F. Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, the wife of Ronald Reagan, Hollywood stars and artists such as Müzeyyen Senar, Ajda Pekkan and Emel Sayın. Yorgancıoğlu is also very pleased to see that her greatest desire has been realized.

A jumpsuit with antique embroidery and glitter crochet work, a triangular sash, a belt with a metal hood, and an exact replica of the headpiece with penez and braided hair was designed as a concert costume for the Egyptian-born French singer Dalıda.

One of the designs in the exhibition, made of an antique baggy blouse with straps and baggy pants, was made for Lyndsay Wagner, the lead actress of the movie 'Bionic Woman', who was to attend a program in Los Angeles in 1982.

The artist, who realized the biggest of his dreams in Eskişehir, never saw fashion as a goal and created wonderful designs by integrating local fabrics with his own embroidery art. It is also possible to examine special patterns, specially woven and processed fabric types in the museum. It is a great place for those who want to understand what fashion is and want to improve themselves in this field. We definitely recommend you to go and see their designs.

It is also possible to examine special patterns, many types of specially woven and processed fabrics in the museum. The museum is located in the Avlu Eskişehir Art Complex in the historical Odunpazarı region.