Couture Grecque 2021
1821 is a landmark year that inspires us not only with its heroic chapters and the battle for independence, but with everything that belongs to this era, which reflects the Greek soul and makes up the Greek culture.
The traditional costume is an integral part of Greek culture and folklore as well as an expression of Greek aesthetics. The values reflected in it are timeless, but the modern way of life does not allow its use on a daily basis. This collection is a modern proposal inspired by women's costumes from various regions of Greece.
This project is inspired by our own Greek tradition, which is so strong and contains such remarkable elements that it can constantly inspire and transform, without risking to lose any of its value. Furthermore it is a tribute to Greek art, textiles, expression, femininity as well as an ode to the versatility and diversity of the Traditional Garment.
The traditional costume of Spetses, in its older version, consisted of a lavish skirt with both horizontal and vertical pleats. This feature appears in the modern Spetses-inspired dress, which starts at hip height and goes all the way down in a silk fabric, while the top has been replaced by a minimalistic and modern bodice.
The inspiration for this garment comes from Pyrgi of Chios. A variation of the stamped scarf (Yemeni) was created for the upper part, embroidered this time with gold threads, pearls and citrine, which represent a mastic tree with mastic drops around it, on white silk. Here the silk scarf functions autonomously, without the traditional woven shirt. The distinctive feature of the skirt with the pleats on the back, like the traditional “pristida” or “asprouda" has been preserved in a modern version made of silk organza.
Dress inspired by the Olympus of Karpathos, which retains to a certain extent the characteristic of the "sakofoustano" at the bottom part, which while normally consists of two separate pieces, here we meet them united. The dress, in contrast to the multicolor nature of the traditional costume, is sewn with an all-black silk jacquard fabric and has a double skirt in two lengths, while the upper part is more fitted with sharp angles..
The impressive bridal and festive costume of Skopelos with clear Byzantine influences is defined by the strong contrast between the black color of the garment and the colorful embroidery at the lower half of the costume. The garment of this collection has kept the traditional pattern almost intact with its multiple small folds and pleats that make it stand out and is made of silk taffeta and silk satin fabric in light blue and black.
The colors that distinguish the costume of the Sarakatsans are mostly black and white. The white loose fitted shirt with the wide sleeves that we traditionally see has been transformed into a top with silk pleated white organza sleeves in three layers, maintaining its elegance, while the multi-folded black skirt with gold or silver piping has been preserved almost unchanged in full satin. The back is now made of tulle and is transparent up to the level of the waist.
IOANNINA - DRESS
The dress of the costume of Ioannina, with its long sleeves and luxurious embroidery is represented here with a luxurious silk fabric, while the rest of the dress consists of gold-embroidered silk blue-green silk fabric.
IOANNINA - PIRPIRI
The “Pirpiri”, the sleeveless overcoat of the Ioannina costume, traditionally made of velvet fabric with rich embroidery in black or red color, has been replaced by a light colored moiré silk fabric and embellished with gold piping and minimalistic patterns.
Kavadi, one of the most important parts of the Greek traditional costume, with clear oriental and Byzantine influences, made from precious silk fabrics, was traditionally worn over the traditional shirt. Depending on the place, it was combined with a different outer garment, such as a “Pirpiri" or a vest. This garment is sewn from a silk fabric with colorful embroidered flowers and decorated with dark orange trimming at the ends.