The ‘Architect’ of clothes
The Minoan labyrinth, the geometric period patterns, the strict and symmetrical Doric order, but primarily the draping of Ancient Greek clothes are the elements that the internationally acclaimed Greek Designer Angelos Bratis draws from the memories and the symbols of ancient Greek heritage, in order to transform them into contemporary fashion. His recent line ‘Doric’ proves that the Greek creators can become worthy ‘Ambassadors of the Greek Culture’ and can promote their Greek identity on an international scale.
A hymn to ancient Greek Draping
“Give the simplest piece of fabric to Angelos Bratis, and he will transform it into a draped miracle”, wrote Tiziana Cardini from the Italian Vogue. After all it isn’t by chance that before creating his own brand, Angelos Bratis was selected as Head Designer of Madeleine Vionnet, the historic fashion house which has exalted the Ancient Greek draping. Italy has been among the first countries to appreciate his talent, and in 2011 Angelos Bratis won the first place in the Italian Vogue and Altaroma competition, “Who Is On Next?” attracting the interest of the international fashion industry. Two years later he was chosen among a number of young designers by Giorgio Armani in order to present his creations - inspired by modernist architecture and the works of Yianis Moralis - on the scene of the impressive Teatro Armani during Milan’s fashion week, which was a milestone event for his later career.
A contemporary Chiton
‘The draping technique fascinates me. It offers the possibility of many transformations of the fabric around the female body. What satisfies me is to create clothes out of a single piece of fabric, without the use of many pieces, side seams or zippers. Just like wearing a modern chiton. Ancient Greek culture teaches us the unique relationship between the body and the clothes. But if this isn’t modern, it’s not fashion!’ – Angelos Bratis