Faruk Saraç was born in 1955 in Urfa. In other words, when he opened his eyes to the world, he was faced with yellow. Yellow sun, yellow earth, yellow wheat…
He went to İstanbul in 1973, after graduating from primary school, secondary school and high school in Urfa. Until 1976, he played football as a professional player. Following this, in 1980 he graduated from Marmara University English Language Department. Turkey’s first man’s fashion designer Faruk Saraç’s occupational career began in 1980 in the textile industry. After a short period of time, he inaugurated his first store, which was named after him.
With multicultural understanding, Faruk Saraç, being one of the pioneers who brought the ‘boutique’ culture to Turkey, has brought colour and style variety to man’s clothing. In a short period of time, through this privilege Faruk Saraç brand has gained a broad customer portfolio with important names in arts, sports, politics and the business world. In 1993 he began to deal with style tailoring in his Nişantaşı Showroom. He inaugurated the fashion center, which he had dreamed of, in 1997 in Levent, İstanbul. The light spectrum, having been emitted from these doors would not only enrich the fashion world, but also the cultural and artistic life of Turkey.
In fact, the realization of Sarı Zeybek fashion show became Faruk Saraç’s first contribution to Turkey’s cultural and artistic heritage. With this unfamiliar fashion show, Faruk Saraç opened a brand new way, which even in the years to follow no one had been able to follow him. With his unique and innovative approach and sense of social responsibility, through ‘Sarı Zeybek’, ‘Padişah’ın Esvabı’, ‘Geçmişten Günümüze Türk Polisi’, ‘Tılsım’ and ‘Geçmişte Kapalıçarşı’ fashion shows Faruk Saraç brand has become the first fashion brand that organized thematic fashion shows in Turkey. The first presentation of Sarı Zeybek fashion show was exhibited on November 10th 1998, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s 50th death anniversary, in his last dwelling; Dolmabahçe Palace. 50 years later, the inaccessible elegancy of Atatürk shone again after one-to-one weaving and sewing of 453 pieces of clothes in the Muâyede Hall (room for ceremonies) of the Dolmabahçe Palace. Besides this, for the first time in its history Anıtkabir opened its doors to Faruk Saraç’s Sarı Zeybek fashion show.
Another visual feast followed the Sarı Zeybek Fashion Show. After working on it for months, this time Faruk Saraç brought the Ottoman history to the podium. The place, where the podium was built on was Agia Irini, just beside the Topkapı Palace, where the Ottoman Dynasty had lived for centuries; and the name of the project was ‘Padişahın Esvabı’. In the early years of 2000, with this work, from Osman Bey to Vahdettin, Mr. Saraç carried 36 sultans together with their gözdes (literally: girls in the sultan’s eye) and sultanas to the present. For this fashion show, the created collection included 700 one-to-one copies of the original Ottoman dynastic garments. Mentioned period’s cotton, woolen and silk fabrics were re-woven, jewelry crests and all accessories were re-made. These two fashion shows were followed by a social responsibility project. ‘Geçmişten Günümüze Polis Kıyafetleri’ (Police Uniforms from Past to Present). On April 16, 2006 during the 161st foundation anniversary of the Turkish Police Organization at the Çırağan Palace, at the fashion show this time the tradition of Turkish Police reflected on the podium.
On one of those days, while Faruk Saraç, in the eternal universe of time, whose beginning and ending is not certain, was thinking about the meaning of his own existence, he realized the fact that he was about to leave 25 years behind in his occupational career. In fact, for a long time, he had the idea of crowning his 25th year with a special fashion show. However, this had to be such a fashion show that did not only reflect Faruk Saraç’s 25 years. It must have been such a fashion show that was unique to Faruk Saraç, and a show, in which as much as he can explain from where the universe, matter and humans came and to where they reach. It was supposed to be such a fashion show that marks the universe and time and place we stand. And with these ideas, the first steps began for the fashion show which he named as ‘Tılsım’ (Talisman). In this show Faruk Saraç would carry the sun, the moon, planets and stars to the podium. He rolled up his sleeves and started to work.
As a result, like in previous thematic fashion shows, a visual feast that glued audiences to their seats came out. With this fashion show Faruk Saraç showed that the last 25 years of his life span, he enriched not only fashion but also his whole life. With Tılsım fashion show Faruk Saraç show that; from the day he was born until today everything he had lived had a meaning.
Think about a machine which will operate nonstop, tirelessly until the time, which has no end. The universe is the name of the machine. Let every person in it, every living thing and every material be this machine’s parts providing its perfect harmony. In this eternal universe many people have questioned their own existence; many people have questioned their short lives in the time, which has no beginning and end.
From 1981 up until today, with about 200 fashion shows and numerous awards he promoted movies, TV serials and theater. Faruk Saraç founded Turkey’s first Vocational School of Design namely, T.R. Faruk Saraç Vocational School of Design, which began to give education and training on October 4, 2010 in Bursa. Following this, he inaugurated his second school in İstanbul in 2015. All these extraordinary fashion shows, had attracted the attention of not only the invited guests but also the society as a whole. These fashion shows were Faruk Saraç’s best works, with his society and humanity he shared the knowledge he had learned up until today, and the things that Turkey gave him. By sharing his experiences, the things that life gave him, by carrying our culture to the podiums, he believed in an increase in his own human values and enriching his own spirit.
‘Think about a machine which will operate nonstop, tirelessly until the time, which has no end. The universe is the name of the machine. Let every person in it, every living thing and every material be this machine’s parts providing its perfect harmony. In this eternal universe many people have questioned their own existence; many people have questioned their short lives in the time, which has no beginning and end. In this eternal universe in one of those moments, in which I was thinking about my own existence and life, I realized that I was about to leave 37 years behind in my occupational career.’