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Research Inspiration: Sophia Kokosalaki

EuphrosyneIt is no secret that I am a fan of both sculpture and fashion. Sophia Kokosalaki’s designs, then, are doubly interesting to me. Not only are they beautiful garments that I dream of wearing, but they are also elegant and sophisticated modern takes on classical drapery.

Kokosalaki was born in Athens in 1972 and has degrees in Greek and English as well as an MA in womenswear from Central Saint Martins. She designed the official costumes for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has designed costumes for Irene Papas’s Antigone in 2005.

I want women to feel comfortable when they wear my clothes. They shouldn’t feel restricted or awkward. And it’s important they don’t look like they’re trying too hard. They should look effortlessly sexy. I like designing functional clothes that still feel very special.

It’s interesting that Kokosalaki’s philosophy is not so far away from that of nineteenth-century dress reformers (effortless sexiness aside!). From dressing Bjork as a Greek goddess to her latest bridal collection where each dress is named after mythological women, Kokosalaki shows how history is made modern in contemporary dress.

Interview with Sophia Kokosalaki from 2004

Bridal collection 2013

Buy your own Kore inspired dress from ASOS

 

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