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Born in 1977
Lives and works in Stuttgart, Germany
Professor at Raffles University in Milan

Work Activities

2013 – currentATERLIER CEM CAKO – STUTTGART
Atelier for new men’s tailoring and design
2016CEM CAKO – DEBUT COLLECTION, MENSWEAR – PARIS
Exhibition “Extended Situation I (Une Première)”
Presentation at Palais de Tokyo – Paris Museum of Modern Art
2009 – 2013THRIVE L.A. – HEAD OF DESIGN, WOMENSWEAR – LOS ANGELES
Fashion house founded in the Silicon Valley by technology innovator Rob Meadows
Thrive collections presented during New York and Paris Fashion Week
2007 – 2009TIM HAMILTON – ASSOCIATE DESIGNER, MENSWEAR – NEW YORK
Collections created in this period received the CFDA/Swarovski Award for men’s fashion
Reporting to Tim Hamilton
2007HELMUT LANG – JUNIOR DESIGNER, MENSWEAR – NEW YORK
Transfering the Helmut Lang archives to the company ”Link Theory Holdings Co.”
Reporting to Helmut Lang 
2004 – 2007DRIES VAN NOTEN – TRAINEE PROGRAM – ANTWERPEN
Assisting and fitting the show collection for the défilés in Paris
Reporting to the Creative Team

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

2019 – currentRAFFLES MILANO ISTITUTO MODA E DESIGN – MILAN 
Professorship in the aera of future-oriented fashion design strategies in the context of
craft, digitalization and sustainability
Department of Fashion Design
POLIMODA – FLORENCE
Visiting Professor in the area of vision and creative thinking systems
Department of Fashion Design
STEINER SCHOOL KRÄHERWALD – STUTTGART
Technical teacher for handwork and bespoke tailoring
Department of craft education in adolescence 
2015HANNOVER UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND ARTS
Designer Talk: ”Experimental sculpture with body-fitted materials”
Department of Design
2014STATE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN – STUTTGART
Symposium: ”Experimental sculpture with body-fitted materials”
Department of Sculpture
2013PFORZHEIM UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF DESIGN 
Designer Talk: ”Textile development and experimental pattern making”
Department of Design
2009OTAGO POLYTECHNIC – SCHOOL OF FASHION – DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
Guest lecturer in the area of innovation in textile design 
Teaching position as part of a designer-in-residence program 
Department of Fashion Design

AWARDS 

2009 EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD – DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
For the best interpretation of a men’s fashion collection
Offered by ID Dunedin Fashion Institute in Dunedin, New Zealand
2008MASTER OF LINEN AWARD – MILAN
For the best interpretation of a garment realized in linen
Offered by Centro Lino Italiano in Milan, Italy
OTAGE POLYTECHNIC AWARD – DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
For showing innovation in the use of materials and methods
Offered by Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand
BEST UPCOMING BELGIUM FASHION DESIGNER AWARD – ANTWERPEN
For the best interpretation of a collection in the spirit of belgian fashion design 
Offered by the Goethe-Institute in Brussels, Belgium
2007SHIRT AVENUE PRIZE – MILAN
For the best interpretation of a men’s shirt
Offered by Consorzio Italiani Tessuti per Camiceria in Milan, Italy

EDUCATION

2017 – 2019UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Lecturer qualification for aesthetics, ethics and technological culture
Department of Philosophy
2014 – 2016STATE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS – STUTTGART 
Postgraduate studies in shape/material concepts including textile materials
Department of Sculpture 
2004 – 2007ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS – ANTWERPEN
Honorary diploma of art and design
Department of Fashion Design