Born in Istanbul, Burce Bekrek graduated from Istanbul’s Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Textile and Fashion Design, with an honors degree. Bekrek then relocated to Italy to study the Image Consultancy course at Istituto Marangoni Milano. Later she decided to stay on at Istituto Marangoni to follow a master’s course in Fashion Styling. Meanwhile, she worked at the projects for D&G and Dsquared2.
Upon completion of the Master’s in Fashion Styling, with honors, she moved back to her hometown of Istanbul to take up the role of trend and concept advisor, working alongside her father at ‘Burce Textile’, a family-owned textile company. In 2008, Burce received Fashion TV Turkey’s ‘Most Promising Fashion Designer’ award and started working as an instructor at Yeditepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, Fashion and Textile Design Department. As a freelancer, her commercial fashion designs were used by major brands such as Porsche, Audi and Bentley, for the AutoShow fair.
In December 2010, Bekrek established her own brand, ‘Burce Bekrek’. With her first collection, she showed at a catwalk show organized in the Netherlands Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. And she has also been nominated in the Elle Style Awards Turkey for Young Designer. Over three years she developed a unique signature style among modern designs with a focus on clean cuts, excellent fit and high quality fabrics. In 2013, Burce Bekrek became a part of the ‘Fashion Incube Istanbul’ project and was a consultant for CFE London. She also showcased her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at ‘Paris Sur Mode’ during Paris Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul. Recently, she designed a ‘White Shirt Line’ for the famous multilabel brands store Bilstore under the name of ‘Burce Bekrek for Bils’ in Istanbul and showcased her new Fall/Winter 2014 collection at Who’s Next Paris.