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Many CMPLT UNKNWN visitors emailed regarding the mystical woman flaunting the Mad Metal collection. Who is she? Where is she from? One of you asked why we featured her. Well, Gül Dirican provokes enquiry. She is an anomaly and a moving target. Defining who she is would be like trying to nail the wind, but we can try. Gül is a geophysicist by training but worked for years as a journalist. She has achieved great success as a screenwriter for film and some of the most popular shows on Turkish television. Although she practices Ashtanga she is a reputed teacher of Hatha yoga through which she hopes her students will worship their bodies and increase their capacity for love. 

We love Gül because she is the quintessential CU woman- accomplished, strong-willed and hedonistic. She is single and lives in a lovely, book-filled apartment in the hilly, hipster Cihingir neighborhood of Istanbul, one of our favorite cities in the world whose beauty and mysticism she embodies. An evening with her might involve drinking whisky with passionate discussions about love, art, literature and the state of Turkish politics while Antony and the Johnsons play in the background. We were shooting Gül in her living room while the sun sank into the Golden Horn and the muezzins called the faithful to prayer when suddenly she screamed in delight. Madame Muji, her beloved cat, had returned home after another day of philandering. 

Here’s to authentic and independent women like Gül, and their wild cats.