Rifat Ozbek is a Turkish-born fashion designer, known for his exotic, ethnically-inspired outfits. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1988 and 1992.
Ozbek was born in Istanbul, Turkey and grew up in in a yali on the Bosphorus. He moved to London in the 1970s and lived in his parents flat in Belgravia whilst he was studying architecture and then fashion at St Martin’s School of Art. After graduating in 1976, Ozbek went to Italy where he designed clothes for Monsoon. In 1984 he established his own company and then began to show his yearly collections in Milan and New York, and more recently, in Paris. By 1995, Ozbek had launched his own perfume called “Ozbek”, and later a second perfumed called “Ozbek 1001”.