After a hectic week preparing the costumes for the Olympic Games torch ceremonies, Eleni Kyriacou – the talented designer who redesigned the costumes for the first time in over 10 years – invited me to her villa in Aegina, the first capital of Ancient Greece before Athens, and only a 40-minute ferry ride from Piraeus. Sitting on the terrace of her villa listening to waves, has to be the most idyllic setting for an interview with a designer whose concept driven collection includes Amphipolis Muse, 12 Greek Rectangles and Gabo's Female
Is there a relationship between the costumes you designed for the Olympic ceremonyand your own RTW collections?
Yes of course. Ever since my involvement with the Olympic torch ceremony began I started to research dress in classical Greece, and the art of the period more closely. So Amphipolis Muse and 12 Greek Rectangles are in a way off-shoot collections from the seed idea that I started to develop for the costumes.
What are your favourite pieces of your last collection 12 Greek Rectangles?
Each piece plays with a different transformation so I don't really have a favourite. However,I think these two are the ones I’m dying to wear next!
Where would you recommend someone to go for dinner in Athens?
Aleria! It's located in the hip, upcoming Metaxourgio district, one of my favourite areas in Athens. Set in a beautiful neoclassical building, the restaurant has a glorious garden area; the food is sodivine and the service super. It's also run by a very friendly chap. I've also met the chef and they appear to be a great team.