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Historical TV series, films boost textile industry in Turkey March 30, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
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TV series and movies reflecting past eras help stitch the wounds of the textile industry.
TV series and movies reflecting past eras help stitch the wounds of the textile industry.

An increasing number of movies and television series that focus on specific eras of history has helped generate new business opportunities for various industries in Turkey.

The difficulty of shooting a movie or TV series that focuses on a specific period starts with conducting a very detailed study of that era. Then follows the creation of the costumes and merchandise used for that period of time. The various stages of the preparation of the costumes, from finding the right fabric to designing the clothing and tailoring, provides opportunities for several industries.

Some 800 costumes were designed and produced before the launch of “Hanımın Çiftliği,” a television series based on the novel of Orhan Kemal, a famous novelist in Turkey. The number of costumes designed until today total 1,600, according to Atilla Türkantoz, the TV show’s costume designer. “Each episode requires about 25 costumes. At the beginning of the project some 150,000 Turkish Liras were spent for the costumes, which were specifically designed to reflect the ambiance of the period in which the story was being told. Each episode brings in another 4,000 to 5,000 liras for the new costumes,” Türkantoz said.

A total of nearly 1 million liras were spent on the costumes and decorations used on the set of the “Elveda Rumeli,” a TV series telling a story during the late Ottoman era. The final episode of the show aired on Oct. 19. The TV show was the result of collaborative efforts between Turkey and Macedonia. Yavuz Fazlıoğlu, a costume designer, worked with Emilija Atanasovska, a Macedonian costume designer, for this project.

“As the series was cut short, we had 500 costumes in our hands,” he said. “We spent nearly 1 million liras for all the decor and costumes. The total cost of costume drama films is threefold what normal dramas spend.”

Another film is “Son Osmanlı Yandım Ali,” or “The Last Ottoman: Yandım Ali,” a 2006 Turkish action-adventure film that takes place during the aftermath of the First World War. Half a million liras was said to have been spent on the costumes for this movie.

“Veda,” another Turkish movie based on the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was also quite costly in terms of creating the right atmosphere and costumes. The total cost for the costumes, which were tailored in a short time, in this film was 450,000 liras. “Some 12,000 costumes were created for this movie,” said Baran Uğurlu, the costume designer for “Veda.” “About 52 dressmakers and three hat and six shoe ateliers worked on the production of the movie.”

The total cost of 500 costumes designed for “Mahpeyker: Kösem Sultan,” another costume drama telling the life story of the most powerful woman in Ottoman history, also totaled 450,000 liras. The costumes for the movie, which is expected to hit movie theaters toward the end of this year, were designed by Barış Karaca. The costumes were tailored at an atelier in Istanbul’s Gültepe district.

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