The ultimate ambassador of Grecian Chic …
Sophia Kokosalaki is one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed Greek designers and is an important female professional, who honours her Greek heritage and manages to prove the timeless influence of the ancient Greek culture in the international fashion scene. A little while after her graduation from the prestigious Central Saint Martins of London at the age of twenty six she appears on the cover of the Sunday Times. A large number of articles followed in publications such as the New York Times, Harpers Bazaar and W. The British Vogue praises the unique draping of her clothes, while the French edition considers her a worthy heir of the two great French designers, Madame Grès and Μadeleine Vionnet, (she actually became the Creative Director for Madeleine Vionnet for the period 2006-07). Both these artists were famous for their talent and skill in creating clothes which depict the draping of the ancient Greek garments.
The Olympic Games bet
The internationally acclaimed Greek designer is based in London, but has honoured Greece on a global level and has received numerous awards for her progressive creations which depict the ancient Greek civilization in a contemporary way. Among others she has received the Elle Designer Award, the Art Foundation Award for Fashion in 2002 and the New Generation Designer. 2004 was a landmark year for her career as she was the appointed designer for the costumes of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The pinnacle of her creativity for this project was the iconic dress of the Icelandic singer Björk, which was unfolding while she sang covering all the athletes in a 900 m² area.
An ode to the Minoan heritage
A little while ago, she launched her first personal jewelry collection with ancient Greek references, which has been handcrafted exclusive by Greek artisans. She manages to revisit symbols of Minoan Crete in a contemporary and fresh way and managed to receive glowing reviews from the international Press proving once more that Greek creation can receive international acclaim. “My heritage is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, but I always try to show it using a contemporary approach”, she states. “I usually get inspired by the harps and the horns which are connected to my Cretan ancestry, but I also use very abstract lines in order to tell my own story, which is based on the history of my land.”