A Fashion Pioneering School In Ankara: Ismet Pasha Ladies' Institute


CTAD-CUMHURIYET TARIHI ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI, vol.7, no.14, pp.3-15, 2011 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 14
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-15
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


In the Republic of Turkey, one of the successor states of the Ottoman Empire collapsed in the wake of the First World War, reforms were held for civilization of the country. Political, social, economic, cultural and educational reforms together aimed to build a modern society. Meanwhile, the situation of the women, almost the half of the society who had been neglected for ages, began to change. Particularly developments in education played a pivotal role in this change. In order to deepen the reforms, the society, especially the women, whose rate of literacy was lower than the men, were required to be educated. Special importance was attached to occupational and technical education for the rapid development of Turkey and this is owing to the fact that by the opening of art schools, well educated, sophisticated and intelligent ladies were aimed to bring up. One of the schools founded with this objective was the Ismet Pasha Ladies' Institute, which deserves attention as the proof of the emphasis on the education of the women. At the school, girls acquired professions such as clothing, tailor, crafts and so forth. On the other hand they pioneered the women's fashion in Ankara, the recently established capital. Thus, this study aims to analyse the first three decades of the aforementioned institute, whose current name is Ankara Zubeyde Hanim Anadolu Kiz Meslek Teknik ve Meslek Lisesi