This World takes an entertaining look at the clash of religious and secular values in Turkey through the prism of Istanbul's vibrant fashion industry, as the country prepares to join the European Union.
Thursday, 16 November, 2006
1900 GMT on BBC Two
Istanbul, the cultural capital of Turkey, which stands at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, is fast becoming a new centre for international fashion.
Deha Orhan is in charge of one of Turkey's most successful lingerie brands.
His fashions are influenced by the West and he embraces a secular lifestyle.
Also based in Istanbul is Mustafa Karaduman, who runs an Islamic fashion house where business is booming.
His designs are firmly based on religious principles and he takes his cue from the East and Islam.
Both men have important fashion shows coming up at a critical time in the development of their businesses.
Both their collections for 2006 take their inspiration from the Ottoman Empire, when Turkey was a great imperial power.
But the two men have very different visions of Turkey's past and its future.
Also featuring, Tugba Ozay (Turkey's answer to Caprice), a bevy of Brazilian lingerie models and a nice line in Islamic swimwear.
Producer/Director: Dominic Ozanne
Editor: Karen O'Connor