Next up in my series on Greek designers is Sophia Kokosalaki. Like Mary Katrantzou (see previous post here), Kokosalaki was born and raised in Athens, completed an MA at Central Saint Martins and is now based in London. Along with building her own brand, Kokosalaki spent two years as Creative Director for fashion house Vionette, and three years at Diesel Black Gold before stepping down last August.
Sophia Kokosalaki, Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear (Photos from style.com)
And who can forget her work for the 2004 Athens Olympics opening ceremonies, where she designed costumes for 7,000 people? Kokosalaki spent two whole years researching various time periods in Greece’s history before making the intricate costumes. Bjork’s massive, flowing dress, which Kokosalaki made in an airport hangar due to the size, was particularly noteworthy. And you all know how much we wandering muses love Bjork.
More recently, Kokosalaki has teamed up with Asos to create an ethical collection called Kore (an ancient Greek word meaning ‘maiden’) which is available now. The pieces are handmade from organic silks and cotton by a co-operative women’s workshop in Sri Lanka. And because we should all support ethical fashion, here are a few of my personal favourites:
Stay tuned for more.